Duncan Chapel, one of SR’s editors who studied under Gowan in the 1990s, adds:
Peter Gowan played a huge role in leading the IMG and later in guiding its successor, the International Socialist Group, in understanding the fall of Stalinism, the development of the European Union, the growth of US dominance and the reemergence of Russia under Putin. Many socialist activists, including some on SR’s editorial board, had been taught by Peter over the years. He had continued to contribute the left in recent years, speaking regularly at conferences on Russia, Marxism and events organised by ‘Historical Materialism’, ‘Socialist Register’, ‘Debatte’ and ‘Socialist Resistance’. Earlier his year he gave the first Rowland Sheret Memorial Lecture, to celebrate the contribution of another long-time Fourth Internationalist. When anti-capitalist activists in Brazil were excelled from the workers’ party (PT) in 2003, Peter was one of the first to rush to their defence – and helped us to circulate an international petition in support for what is now the PSOL party.
The funeral will take place on Saturday 20 June from 11am to 12 at Golders Green Crematorium, 62 Hoop Lane, London NW11 7NL (the nearest tube is Golders Green on the Northern Line). Following the funeral there will be a wake in Highgate.
Messages from people who knew him can be sent to his long-time partner Halya Kowalsky