THE GAP between the last two numbers of our journal was so long that some of our readers abroad assumed that we were missing, presumed dead, or at least absent without leave. We can only offer by way of an apology that part of the editorial team had been heavily committed elsewhere. Since to make up for lost time we have now issued two numbers in quick succession, our financial resources are also now feeling the strain, and the prompt renewal of your subscriptions would be more than welcome.
When our magazine first appeared eight years ago, its first issue was devoted to the history of Trotskyism in Britain. It was thrown together quickly, and we were well aware that it was certainly not the last word to be said on the subject. In the meantime we felt that other aspects of world revolutionary history were so badly represented in the English language that they should be given priority. However, very fine articles had been piling up all the while, and we knew that we would have to return to these islands, even if it meant at the same time adjusting both our time span and our geographical focus.
Although some of the articles here have been written especially for this issue, others were commissioned some time ago, and we can only apologise to their authors for the long delay. We have tried to strike a balance between the results of more recent work and historical analysis made at the time. We have also attempted to select our contributions from those views that have not already been well represented in print. Readers need hardly be reminded that the appearance of any article here does not imply support for its political standpoint, either on the part of the Editorial Board as a whole, or of any individual or organisation represented on it.
Lack of space prevented us from publishing in our last issue several of Rosa Luxemburg’s letters outlining her views on factional affairs in the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party and on the Russian Revolution that have not appeared in the English language before. We have included them in this issue, as we are sure that readers will find them of interest.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ellis Hillman, who had been a member of the Editorial Board of Revolutionary History since 1991. We extend our sympathy to his family, friends and comrades, and an obituary appears below on pages 252-3.
We are sad to announce the death of Alex Acheson, who joined the Trotskyist movement in the late 1930s, and remained a supporter of it until he died. He also supported the aims of Revolutionary History. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and comrades.