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Karl Kautsky : Marxism, revolution & democracy /
John H. Kautsky.
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c1994.
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xiv, 256 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1560001097
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New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c1994.
isbn
1560001097
catalogue key
356292
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-247) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-04:
In this book the grandson of the famous German socialist reignites the turn-of-the-century polemic between Karl Kautsky and Lenin. For most of this period, with the help of Soviet agitprop, Lenin held the upper hand. Now, since the demise of the USSR, John Kautsky may have a chance to show that his grandfather was one of the great socialist theorists of this century. The work consists of an extended introduction and five previously published articles. The battle between Lenin and Kautsky was for the inheritance of Marxist intellectual leadership, i.e., who had the right to wear the mantle of Marxist orthodoxy. The major issues that bedeviled the two protagonists concerned the theory of imperialism, the role of the intelligentsia in the revolutionary movement, and the dictatorship of the proletariat as a vehicle for building socialism. The author ably shows that Lenin at various times not only misunderstood Kautsky but frequently willfully misapporpriated his ideas. The work is important for all students of socialism. Recommended for all major public, college, and university libraries. Contains a chronology of Karl Kautsky's life. A. Ezergailis; Ithaca College
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"In this book the grandson of the famous German socialist reignites the turn-of-the-century polemic between Karl Kautsky and Lenin... The author ably shows that Lenin at various times not only misunderstood Kautsky but frequently willfully misapporpriated his ideas. The work is important for all students of socialism. Recommended for all major public, college, and university libraries. Contains a chronology of Karl Kautsky's life." --A. Ezergailis, Choice
"In this book the grandson of the famous German socialist reignites the turn-of-the-century polemic between Karl Kautsky and Lenin… The author ably shows that Lenin at various times not only misunderstood Kautsky but frequently willfully misapporpriated his ideas. The work is important for all students of socialism. Recommended for all major public, college, and university libraries. Contains a chronology of Karl Kautsky's life." -A. Ezergailis, Choice
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Following the generation of Marx and Engels, Karl Kautsky was the leading theorist, interpreter, and popularizer of Marxism. In numerous publications he fought against Eduard Bernstein's revisionism and Rosa Luxemburg's radicalism. In the last two decades of his life he was a bitter enemy of Leninism. Karl Kautsky: Marxism, Revolution, and Democracy consists of six chapters about Karl Kautsky, all written by his grandson. It includes specialized studies of certain aspects of the theorist's political thought as well as his role in politics. The chapters cover such topics as the divergent views of Lenin and Kautsky on the role of intellectuals in the labor movement, Kautsky's complex concept of revolution as it emerges notably from his book The Road to Power, and Kautsky's thoughts on imperialism. An introductory essay explores the consistency of Kautsky's ideas and comments on his relevance today. The recent demise of communism in the Soviet Union again brings the question of the relation between communism and Marxism to the forefront of political theory. Kautsky's essays shed new light on this controversial and timely subject. Karl Kautsky: Marxism, Revolution, and Democracy will be an important resource for scholars of political science, political theory, sociology, and European history.
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Political Science
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction: Karl Kautsky - Consistency and Relevancep. 1
Lenin and Kautsky on the Role of Intellectuals in the Labor Movement: Different Conceptions in Different Environmentsp. 53
The Road to Powerp. 97
J. A. Schumpeter and Karl Kautsky: Parallel Theories of Imperialismp. 131
Karl Kautsky and Eurocommunismp. 161
The Dictatorship of the Proletariatp. 205
Appendix A: Biographical and Bibliographical Datap. 223
Appendix B: Edited Volumes Consisting Entirely or in Part of Writings by Karl Kautskyp. 241
Appendix C: Selected Writings on Karl Kautskyp. 243
Indexp. 249
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