Rosa Luxemburg's writings reveal one of the most brilliant and passionate minds drawn to the revolutionary socialist movement. Through the letters, pamphlets and theorising, we see an outstanding social and economic theorist, a dedicated political activist and a devoted confidant.
Providing an extensive overview of her writings, this volume contains a number of items never before anthologised. Her work was broad in scope tackling capitalism and socialism; globalisation 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 most comprehensive introduction to the range of Rosa Luxemburg's thought.
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist, anti-war activist, and revolutionary socialist. The Polish-born German revolutionary and agitator played a key role in the founding of the Polish Social Democratic Party and the Spartacus League, which grew into the Communist Party of Germany. As a political theoretician, Luxemburg developed a humanitarian theory of Marxism, stressing democracy and revolutionary mass action to achieve international socialism. Helen C. Scott is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Caribbean Women Writers and Globalization (2006) and the editor of The Essential Rosa Luxemburg (2007).
Introduction by Helen C. Scott and Paul Le Blanc Sources, Further Reading, Acknowledgements 1. The French Revolution 2. Reform or Revolution 3. Eight Hour Day - How to Win Reforms 4. Stagnation and Progress of Marxism 5. Organisational Questions of Russian Social Democracy 6. Socialism and the Churches 7. The Mass Strike, the Political Party, and the Trade Unions 8. Blanquism and Social Democracy 9. The National Question 10. Theory and Practice, 11. Women's Suffrage and Class Struggle 12. Lassalle's Legacy 13. The Accumulation of Capital -An Anti-Critique 14. The Crisis of German Social Democracy (Junius Pamphlet) 15.Two Prison Letters to Sonya Liebknecht 16. The Russian Revolution 17. Founding Convention of the German Communist Party 18. Order Prevails in Berlin Index