There is growing interest in Europe and the United States in the work of the major German social-political philosopher Karl Korsch. Korsch participated in the turbulent struggles in Weimar Germany and while in exile continually reflected on history and politics. His work affords one of the most important interpretations of the role of Marxism in twentieth-century revolutionary movements, while developing an ongoing critical interrogation of Marxism. His thought provides an illuminating perspective on the process of revolution and counterrevolution in recent history. Karl Korsch: Revolutionary Theory is the first English anthology of his most important writings. This collection presents Korsch's essays on a wide range of subjects, including Marxism and socialization, Lenin and the Soviet Union, the crisis of Marxism, models of revolutionary practice, fascism and counterrevolution, and Korsch's final evaluation of Marxism. Much of this work is translated into English for the first time, and many unknown essays first published in radical journals which are no longer available appear here.
The volume includes Korsch's major essays written during the 1920s and 1930s as well as some of his later work. Douglas Kellner's detailed introduction, "Korsch's Revolutionary Marxism," contains the first comprehensive critical interpretation of Korsch's work to appear in English. It provides a historical-theoretical reconstruction of Korsch's life and thought and roots his political theory in the sociopolitical context in which it evolved. The introduction has been described by Korsch scholars as a "first-class piece of exposition and interpretation" and a "serious, first-rate contribution likely to preempt the field in the English language." The editor's introduction along with the representative selection of essays provide firm grounding in the ideas and historical significance of Karl Korsch.
Douglas Kellner is George F. Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and the author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including works in cultural studies such as Media Culture and Media Spectacle. His book Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombings to the Virginia Tech Massacre won a 2008 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award. He has also published Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era and Media Spectacle and Insurrection, 2011: From the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere.
Acknowledgments Korsch's Revolutionary Marxism 1. Korsch's Road To Marxian Socialism Korsch's Practical Socialism Korsch and the Workers' Councils Movement 2. Korsch and Communism Korsch's Revolutionary Historicism Korsch and the Comintern Korsch in the Left Opposition The Expulsion from the Party The Rejection of Leninism 3. The Crisis of Marxism Critique of Orthodox Marxism Critique of the Marxian Theory of Revolution New Forms of Revolutionary Struggle in Spain Korsch Analyzes the Counterrevolution Korsch and Marxism Korsch in Exile Political Writings of Karl Korsch 4. Marxism and Socialization Introduction Fundamentals of Socialization The Marxist Dialectic On Materialist Dialectic 5. Lenin and The Soviet Union Introduction Lenin and the Comintern The Marxist Ideology in Russia Position on Russia and the Communist Party 6. The Crisis of Marxism Introduction The Crisis of Marxism The Passing of Marxian Orthodoxy Some Fundamental Presuppositions for a Materialist Discussion of Crisis Theory Marxism and the Present Task of the Proletarian Class Struggle 7. Models of Revolutionary Practice Introduction Revolutionary Commune The Spanish Revolution Economics and Politics in Revolutionary Spain 8. Fascism and Counterrevolution Introduction Theses toward a Critique of the Fascist Conception of the State State and Counterrevolution The Fascist Counterrevolution The Workers' Fight against Fascism 9. Korsch and Marxism Introduction A Non-Dogmatic Approach to Marxism Ten Theses on Marxism Today Letter to Paul Mattick Letter to Bertolt Brecht Letter to J. A. Dawson Letter to Erich Gerlach Index
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