Socialism or Barbarism?: The Selected Writings of Rosa Luxemburg

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Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) was one of the most brilliant and passionate minds drawn to the revolutionary socialist movement.  An outstanding social and economic theorist of the twentieth century, and a dedicated political activist, she proved willing to go to prison and even give her life for her beliefs.
 
Providing an extensive overview of her writings, this volume contains a number of items never before anthologized. Her work was ...

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Rosa Luxemburg: Socialism or Barbarism: Selected Writings

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Overview

Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) was one of the most brilliant and passionate minds drawn to the revolutionary socialist movement.  An outstanding social and economic theorist of the twentieth century, and a dedicated political activist, she proved willing to go to prison and even give her life for her beliefs.
 
Providing an extensive overview of her writings, this volume contains a number of items never before anthologized. Her work was broad in scope tackling capitalism and socialism; globalization 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 best introduction to the range of Rosa Luxemburg’s thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745329888
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2010
  • Series: Get Political Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Cook is a former staff journalist for the Guardian and Observer newspapers. He has also written for The Times, Le Monde diplomatique, International Herald Tribune, Al-Ahram Weekly and Aljazeera.net. He is based in Nazareth.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introductory Essay Helen C. Scott Paul Le Blanc

1 Introduction to Rosa Luxemburg 3

Part 2 Luxemburg's Selected Writings, 1893-1919

2 The French Revolution 39

3 Reform or Revolution 46

4 Eight Hour Day - How to Win Reforms 69

5 Stagnation and Progress of Marxism 73

6 Organisational Questions of Russian Social Democracy 81

7 Socialism and the Churches 103

8 The Mass Strike, the Political Party, and the Trade Unions 108

9 Blanquism and Social Democracy 126

10 The National Question 134

11 Theory and Practice 145

12 Women's Suffrage and Class Struggle 166

13 Lassalle's Legacy 173

14 The Accumulation of Capital - An Anti-Critique 178

15 The Crisis of German Social Democracy (The Junius Pamphlet) 202

16 Two Prison Letters to Sonya Liebknecht 214

17 The Russian Revolution 223

18 Founding Convention of the German Communist Party 238

19 Order Prevails in Berlin 261

Sources, Further Reading, Acknowledgements 269

Index 273

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