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Author: Bryan D. Palmer
Bryan D. Palmer is one of Canada’s preeminent historians, and one who has consistently extended the reach of social and labour history in Marxist ways. His publications include award winning monographs on Canadian topics from the Knights of Labor in the 1880s to Canada’s 1960s, as well as wide-ranging excursions into global histories of transgression and marginality. In addition, he has written extensively on theoretical and historiographic realms. Marxism and Historical Practice draws together a selection of Palmer’s writings from the past four decades, organizing them in two volumes that address the history of class formation and class struggle, on the one hand, and theory and historiography on the other. These volumes reveal the richness of Marxism as a historical practice, and the ways in which historical materialism can illuminate the diverse subjects of the past and the concerns of the present.
The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934
Author: Bryan D. Palmer
Minneapolis in the early 1930s was anything but a union stronghold. An employers' association known as the Citizens' Alliance kept labour organisations in check, at the same time as it cultivated opposition to radicalism in all forms. This all changed in 1934. The year saw three strikes, violent picket-line confrontations, and tens of thousands of workers protesting in the streets.

Bryan D. Palmer tells the riveting story of how a handful of revolutionary Trotskyists, working in the largely non-union trucking sector, led the drive to organise the unorganised, to build one large industrial union. What emerges is a compelling narrative of class struggle, a reminder of what can be accomplished, even in the worst of circumstances, with a principled and far-seeing leadership.
Interpretive Essays on Class Formation and Class Struggle. Volume I
Author: Bryan D. Palmer
The two volumes of Marxism and Historical Practice bring together essays written by one of the major Marxist historians of the last fifty years. The pieces collected in Volume I, Interpretive Essays on Class Formation and Class Struggle, offer a stimulating, empirically grounded survey of North American collective behaviour, popular mobilizations, and social struggles, ranging from a rich discussion of ritualistic protest like the charivari through the rise of the Knights of Labor in the 1880s to campaigns against neoliberal labour reform in British Columbia in the early 1980s. What emerges is Palmer's sustained reflection on long-standing interpretive historical problems of class formation, the dynamics of social change, and how popular social movements arise and relate to law, the state, and existing cultural contexts.
Author: Bryan D. Palmer
The two volumes of Marxism and Historical Practice bring together a wide range of essays written by one of the major Marxist historians of the last fifty years. Collected in Volume II, Interventions and Appreciations, are articles and reviews capturing the breadth of Palmer’s interests as a radical historian. Cultural forms and representational productions are analysed; political readings of historiography and pioneering historical practice provided. Themes as diverse as the analytic and political contributions of Eric Hobsbawm and E.P. Thompson, the conflicted legacies of American Trotskyism, and the representation of class politics in Scorsese’s Gangs of New York are covered.
In: Marxism and Historical Practice (Vol. II)
In: Marxism and Historical Practice (Vol. II)
In: Marxism and Historical Practice (Vol. II)
In: Marxism and Historical Practice (Vol. II)
In: Marxism and Historical Practice (Vol. II)