This book aims to rekindle interest in Kautsky's ideas by exploring his democratic-republican understanding of state and society. These essential works from different points in his career demonstrates how Kautsky's republican thought was positively influenced by Marx and Engelsespecially in relation to the lessons they drew from the experience of the Paris Commune.
About the Author
Ben Lewis is a tutor and Wolfson Scholar PhD candidate in Germanic Studies at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Clara Zetkin: Letters and Writings (Merlin Press, 2015); Karl Kautsky on Colonialism (November Publications, 2013); and Martov and Zinoviev: Head-to-Head in Halle (November Publications, 2011).
Table of ContentsPreface AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Karl Kautsky's Democratic RepublicanismPart 1 Karl Kautsky, Parliamentarism and Democracy (1893)
Preface to the First EditionPreface to the Second EditionIntroduction1 Direct Legislation in Prehistory2 Direct Legislation in Civilisation3 Urban Democracy in Antiquity4 The Representative System5 Monarchical and Parliamentary Absolutism6 Modern Democracy7 Rittinghausen's Proposal8 Drafting Laws9 Implementing Laws10 Jurisprudence and the Press11 Parliamentarism and the Parties in England12 Parliamentarism and the Working Classes13 Direct Legislation by the People and the Class StrugglePart 2 Karl Kautsky, The Republic and Social Democracy in France (1905)
1 Clarifying the Dispute2 The American Republic3 The First Republic4 The Second Republic and the Socialists5 The Second Empire and the Paris Commune6 The Constitution of the Third Republic7 The Bourgeois Republicans at Work8 Socialism in the Third RepublicPart 3 Karl Kautsky, The Development of a Marxist (1924)
Appendix: Synoptic Overview of the Drafts of the Erfurt Programme (1891) Bibliography Index