Historic Events

Historic Events
David Kirkwood, later an MP, lies prone after being hit by police, while future Communist MP Willie Gallacher is arrested (Picture: National Library of Scotland)

Kenny MacAskill: ‘Scotland’s Bolshevik Revolution’ had lasting impact

“History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” Mark Twain reputedly said. Similarities can be easy to see but conclusions much harder to draw, and I was minded of that as my book on the events in Glasgow a century ago was published. Next week is the 100th anniversary of the 40-hour-week strike and the Bloody Friday Riot, which resulted in 10,000 British soldiers and tanks being deployed in the second city of the Empire.

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