Toby Abse has a longstanding history with the left. He is a member of the Socialist Alliance National Executive, the Alliance for Green Socialism National Committee, the Socialist History Society committee and the Revolutionary History editorial board, to whom he also contributes articles.
He writes regularly for the Weekly Worker, mainly focusing on the present situation in Italy. He is also a contributor to What Next?, a Marxist discussion journal.
He currently works as a lecturer in Modern European History at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
'The Moro Affair: Interpretations and Consequences' in Stephen Gundle and Lucia Rinaldi (eds), Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy: Transformations in Society and Culture, Palgrave , October 2007, pp. 89-112.
'Togliatti, the PCI and the Eastern European revolts of 1956', in Keith Flett (ed.) 1956 and all that, Cambridge Scholars' Press, May 2007, pp. 126-143.
'Catholic-Jewish Relations in Italy from Unification to the Second Vatican Council (1870-1965)' in Philip Broadhead and Damien Keown (eds.), Can Faiths Make Peace? Holy Wars and the Resolution of Religious Conflicts, I.B. Tauris, 2007, pp. 107-123, pp. 189-191.
'Palmiro Togliatti and the Italian Communist Party in 1956', Revolutionary History, Vol. 9, No. 3, (Autumn 2006), pp. 182-207.
' Palmiro Togliatti: Loyal Servant of Stalin' - extended version of chapter in Flett and Renton book- Revolutionary History, Vol. 9, No. 2, (February 2006), pp. 66-89.
'Italy's Long Road to Austerity and the Paradoxes of Communism' in Bernard H. Moss ( ed.), Monetary Union in Crisis: The European Union as a Neo-Liberal Construction, Palgrave, January 2005. (pp.249-265).
'Togliatti, Loyal Servant of Stalin' in Keith Flett and David Renton (eds.), New Approaches to Socialist History , New Clarion Press, May 2003, (pp. 30-48 and pp.151-55)
Second Edition Sovversivi e fascisti a Livorno: Lotta politica e sociale (1918-1922), Franco Angeli, Milan, September 1991.
'Italian Workers and Italian Fascism' in Richard Bessel (ed), Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany: Comparisons and Contrasts, Cambridge University Press, 28 March 1996 (pp40-60).