Rosa Luxemburg: Socialism or Barbarism

Rosa Luxemburg: Socialism or Barbarism : Selected Writings

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Rosa Luxemburg's writings reveal one of the most brilliant and passionate minds drawn to the revolutionary socialist movement. Through the letters, pamphlets and theorising, we see an outstanding social and economic theorist, a dedicated political activist and a devoted confidant. Providing an extensive overview of her writings, this volume contains a number of items never before anthologised. Her work was broad in scope tackling capitalism and socialism; globalisation and imperialism; history; war and peace; social struggles, trade unions, political parties; class, gender, race; the interconnection of humanity with the natural environment. The editors provide an extensive and informative introduction outlining and evaluating her life and thought.This is the most comprehensive introduction to the range of Rosa Luxemburg's thought.
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745329888
  • 9780745329888
  • 341,502

About Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist, anti-war activist, and revolutionary socialist. The Polish-born German revolutionary and agitator played a key role in the founding of the Polish Social Democratic Party and the Spartacus League, which grew into the Communist Party of Germany. As a political theoretician, Luxemburg developed a humanitarian theory of Marxism, stressing democracy and revolutionary mass action to achieve international socialism. Helen C. Scott is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Caribbean Women Writers and Globalization (2006) and the editor of The Essential Rosa Luxemburg (2007).
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Table of contents

Introduction by Helen C. Scott and Paul Le Blanc

Sources, Further Reading, Acknowledgements

1. The French Revolution

2. Reform or Revolution

3. Eight Hour Day - How to Win Reforms

4. Stagnation and Progress of Marxism

5. Organisational Questions of Russian Social Democracy

6. Socialism and the Churches

7. The Mass Strike, the Political Party, and the Trade Unions

8. Blanquism and Social Democracy

9. The National Question

10. Theory and Practice,

11. Women's Suffrage and Class Struggle

12. Lassalle's Legacy

13. The Accumulation of Capital -An Anti-Critique

14. The Crisis of German Social Democracy (Junius Pamphlet)

15.Two Prison Letters to Sonya Liebknecht

16. The Russian Revolution

17. Founding Convention of the German Communist Party

18. Order Prevails in Berlin

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'Here, at last, in a single volume is an accessible introduction to one of the most important radical political thinkers of the 20th century with analysis and insight for a new generation of activist' -- Elaine Bernard, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
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