The Process of Democratization

The Process of Democratization

by Georg Lukacs
     
 

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Georg Lukacs's The Process of Democratization provides indispensable reading for an understanding of the revolution that swept Russia and Eastern Europe during 1989-1990. Lukacs, a spokesman for anti-Bolshevik communism, was the advance guard of anti-Stalinist reform. Written in the aftermath of the Prague Spring, his book was a precursor to many of the Gorbachev…  See more details below

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Georg Lukacs's The Process of Democratization provides indispensable reading for an understanding of the revolution that swept Russia and Eastern Europe during 1989-1990. Lukacs, a spokesman for anti-Bolshevik communism, was the advance guard of anti-Stalinist reform. Written in the aftermath of the Prague Spring, his book was a precursor to many of the Gorbachev reforms.

Lukacs was the leading communist intellectual in the world until his death. During his last 15 years, he embarked upon a massive effort to revive Marxism as philosophy, as aesthetics, and as politics. The Process of Democratization was part of this attempt at a Marxist renaissance. He would probably be surprised to find that the Second Russian Revolution of 1989-1990 moved far beyond his reformism, overthrowing even the anti-Stalinist communism that he fought to retain.

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ISBN-13:
9780791407622
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1991
Series:
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
179

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Susanne Bernhardt is a translator and author residing in Berlin, Germany.

Norman Levine is Adjunct Professor of History at the American Graduate School of International Management. He has written The Tragic Deception: Marx Contra Engels and Dialogue Within the Dialectic.

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