MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Periodicals



International and the War

a Menshevik magazine, only one issue of was published in late 1915.


The International Socialist Review

The name of three socialist magazines/periodicals published in the United States. The focus of articles cover a broad range of approaches, from historical, to political, to economic, from a left-wing perspective. There have so far been three publications of this name, with little direct continuity.


The first incarnation of a publcation called the International Socialist Review was produced by Chicago Marxist publisher Charles H Kerr & Co. publication from 1900 to 1918. The publication, first edited by A.M. Simons took a strongly academic and theoretical bent in its early years, featuring sometimes quite lengthy contributions from array of leading activists in the Socialist Party of America. About 1908, Simons was replaced as editor by Charles H. Kerr himself and the publication changed to a profusely illustrated format which backed the left-wing of the Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World. The publication carried a range of articles emphasizing current events in America and Europe, not shying away from the controversial issues of race and gender. The publication, never profitable in the best of times, fell in 1918 to the wartime censorship of Albert S. Burleson, who banned the magazine from the mail.


The second ISR was a Trotskyist publication produced by the Socialist Workers Party in the United States from 1956 to 1975. Publsihed in New York City, it continued the SWP’s former theorectical magazine The Fourth International as that party’s publication until the 1990s as a supplement to the organization's weekly newspaper, The Militant. This ISR was published in a small “book size” form quarterly from 1956 until May of 1970 when it was returned to a larger, monthly format normally associated with magazines (8 1/2 x 11 inches).

1997-present day

The current version has been published since 1997 in Chicago by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. Its editorial board includes several leading members of the International Socialist Organization (ISO). It is currently a bimonthly magazine. The modern incarnation of the ISR has articles about issues within the United States currently with the historical context such as racism, labor struggles, and evolution versus intelligent design debate. Articles about struggles outside the United States are covered as well, such as current Latin American anti-neoliberalism movements, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the role of China in the world economy.