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Marxism (RLE Marxism)

An Historical and Critical Study, 1st Edition

By George Lichtheim


434 pages

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This book, first published in 1961 and revised in 1964, is both a critical study of a body of thought and an historical account of how Marxist theory arose from the context of European history in the 19th century. It traces the development of socialist thought from the French to the Russian Revolutions and attempts to show in what manner the political and intellectual problems of Central Europe between 1848 and 1948 came to dominate the theory and practice of that Marxist movement which formed the crucial link between the two revolutions. The author takes the view that Marxism is a movement and a body of doctrine which belongs essentially to the 19th century, which came to an end with the First World War and the Russian Revolution, and that its impact as a doctrine has now been absorbed.

Table of Contents

1. The Heritage, 1789-1840 1.1. German Idealism 1.2. Philosophic Radicalism 1.3. Early Socialism 2. The Marxian Synthesis, 1840-1848 2.1. The Logic of History 2.2. The Critique of Society 2.3. The Doctrine of Revolution 3. The Test of Reality, 1848-1871 3.1. The German Question 3.2. Nationalism and Democracy 3.3. Socialism and the Labour Movement 3.4. The First International 3.5. The Commune 3.6. The Permanent Revolution 4. The Theory of Bourgeois Society, 1850-1895 4.1. The Victorian Watershed 4.2. Historical Materialism 4.3. Bourgeois Society 4.4. Political Economy 4.5. Marxian Economics 5. Marxian Socialism, 1871-1918 5.1. General Character of the Period 5.2. Marxism, Anarchism, Syndicalism 5.3. Engels 5.4. Dialectical Materialism 5.5. Kautsky 5.6. The Revisionists 5.7. The Radicals 5.8. Lenin 6. The Dissolution of the Marxian System, 1918-1948 6.1. War and Revolution 6.2. State and Society 6.3. Socialism and Class Conflict 6.4. Beyond Marxism

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Marxism

Marxist thought continues to be relevant in the modern world, perhaps to the surprise of those who celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall with the declaration that democracy and the market had ‘won’ the march of history. This 23-volume set collects together both accounts of the development of Marxism and critiques of its thinking. Out-of-print or had to find, these titles form an essential reference source for the understanding of Marxism in all its varied facets.

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