Jan Nielsen

"On the grey horizon of human existence looms a great giant called Working Class Consciousness"

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John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World is the best known eyewitness account of the Russian Revolution, but he was accompanied on his visit in 1918. Jan Nielsen tells the story of Louise Bryant, American bohemian, talented journalist and commentator on life in revolutionary Russia.

Louise Bryant was an American radical journalist who travelled to revolutionary Russia with John Reed, author of Ten Days that Shook the World. Bryant wrote her own account of the events she witnessed and people she met, titled Six Red Months in Russia.

Women and the First World War

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The position of women underwent huge change between 1914 and 1918. Jan Nielsen looks at the unintended impact of a war that, for the first time, affected every aspect of economic and social life.

During the centenary celebrations historians and commentators have made much of the effect the First World War had on the lives of women. However, most of the coverage has focused on the impact on the lives of middle class women. The recent release of the film version of Testament of Youth illustrates this clearly. Vera Brittain represents the women who volunteered in their thousands to contribute to the war effort.

Beyond the Fragments

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Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright

Beyond the Fragments has been republished virtually unchanged 34 years after its original publication in 1979. Sheila Rowbotham, in her new introduction, explains why: "When an American friend recently gave my section of Beyond the Fragments to young women occupying Wall Street, they found it hard to understand".

It is therefore useful for us to remind ourselves of the context of the original publication.

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