Ian Birchall (born 1939) is a British Marxist historian and translator, a member of the Socialist Workers Party and author of numerous articles and books, particularly relating to the French Left. Formerly Senior Lecturer in French at Middlesex University, his research interests include the Comintern, the International Working Class, Communism and Trotskyism, France and Syndicalism, Babeuf, Sartre, Victor Serge and Alfred Rosmer. He is on the editorial board of Revolutionary History, a member of the London Socialist Historians Group and has just completed a biography of Tony Cliff.
In 2013, he joined opposition to the SWP Central Committee's handling of the 'Comrade Delta' rape scandal.
- Lenin's Moscow, by Alfred Rosmer (translated from the French) (1971)
- Flowers and revolution : a collection of writings on Jean Genet (edited with Barbara Read)(1997)
- Witness to the German Revolution / by Victor Serge (translated from the French) (1999)
- The German Revolution, 1917-1923 / by Pierre Broué; translated by John Archer (edited with Brian Pearce) (2005)
- Revolution in Danger – Writings from Russia 1919-20 by Victor Serge (translated from the French) London: Redwords.(1997)
- ^ "Sartre was an Optimist, not a Nihilist". Ian Birchall. The Guardian, 25 July 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- ^ http://www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/949/swp-crisis-twilight-of-the-idols