A History of the Democratic Socialist Party & Resistance, Vol. 1
Published by Resistance Books
2005, 364pp, ISBN 1876646535, Paperback
Resistance is a history of the Democratic Socialist Party and the youth organisation Resistance in the tumultuous period from 1965 to 1972, when this current developed out of the youth radicalisation and the fight against the Vietnam War.
John Percy was a central leader of the DSP for some four decades. His history is openly partisan — it’s on the side of those who struggled for a better world then, and who still think it was the right thing to do.
While not attempting to provide a full political history of those years, Resistance recounts the main events, as they provided the framework for the development for the DSP and Resistance. But its central concern is the arduous and complicated process of constructing a viable revolutionary socialist organisation capable of playing a vanguard role in the struggle for a socialist society.
The history of political organisations is necessarily a history of the debates and struggles through which they developed. The DSP and Resistance have a rich history and the author succeeds in bringing it vividly to life. Based on the direct knowledge of a central participant, John Percy’s account is also based on extensive research and features an extensive index.
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