Rosa Luxemburg : For Revolution and Democracy
Rosa Luxemburg was one of the left's great revolutionaries. An internationalist, Marxist theorist and humanist, she was joint founder of the Polish Social Democratic Party, the Spartacus League and the German Communist Party, and was brutally killed during the failed German revolution in January 1919. In Rosa Luxemburg: For Revolution and Democracy, Rosemary H. T. O'Kane shows how Luxemburg's activism was guided by her fervent support for democracy and social justice. In the light of events since her time, O'Kane also considers the weaknesses in Luxemburg's approach, including the failure to consider the practicalities of post-revolutionary socialist democracy. This engaging political biography will ensure that the inspiration of Luxemburg's legacy will be passed on to a new generation of scholars and activists.
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- Hardback | 168 pages
- 129 x 198mm
- 20 May 2014
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
About Rosemary H. T. O'Kane
Rosemary H. T. O'Kane is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Political Theory at Keele University. Her books include Terrorism (2012), Paths to Democracy: Revolution and Totalitarianism (2004) and Revolution (2000).
Table of contents
1. Early Years in Poland: Background to a Revolutionary 2. To Germany and Social Democracy: Against Revisionism 3. Opposition to Lenin on Party Organisation: For Spontaneous Action 4. From the Russian Revolution, 1905: The Mass Strike and Imperialism 5. Outbreak of the First World War and Prison: Against War and for the Inevitable Proletarian Revolution 6. The Russian Revolution, 1917: Critical Lessons for Mass Democracy Against Terror 7. The German Revolution: The Dilemma of Action 8. Revolution: After the Fight 9. Democracy: Action Continues