German Social Democracy. First Thus in dustjacket

By: RUSSELL, Bertrand

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RUSSELL, Bertrand. German Soocial Democracy. London : George Allen and Unwin Ltd, (1965). First Edition Thus. Pp (6),vii-xii,[1]-184. 8vo, b;ue c;loth, gilt lettering to spine. A New Edition of his First Book. A few dog-earedpages, else very good in spine-browned, unclipped dustjacket. 50.00 "This book is the first that Earl Russell ever wrote, and was based upon a seriesof lectures delivered at the London 5chool of Economics in 1896. Since the n much has happened and much has changed. When the book was first produced the Kaiser was in his glory: he and his government were bitterly hostile tothe Social Democrats, who returned the hostility with interest. They were, at that time, completely orthodox Marxists and they hoped for a revolution in Germany which would turn the country into a socialist republic. The boo k was written from the viewpoint of an orthodox Liberal of the period, and although the author's own politics changed later, he has made no attempt tomodify this book, which is an important historical document in which, as h e himself expresses it,' a former writer comments on a former world'. The purpose of this book was not to supply a full history of Social Democracy inGermany, but rather to bring into relief those aspects of its history whic h seemed to the author to have been the most important in producing the existing (1896) political situation. Two chapters are devoted to a study of Marx and Lassalle and their influence on Socialistic opinion in Germany. Two further chapters are devoted to the history of German Socialism, first during the period preceding the passing of the law against the party in 1878, and second during the application of that law until its expiry in 1890. An examination is then made of the tactics of the party following the end of the persecutions and of its condition towards the end of the centurv. It is still a most important document tor all students of European political history." (from the dj). Contents (Detailed) Preface to 1965 Edition. Preface toFirst Edition. Lecture I - Marx and the Theoretic Basis of Social Democrac y/ 1. Marx’s training. (a) German Philosophy?Hegel and Feuerbach. (b) French Socialists, especially Proudhon. (c) English Socialists, Bray, Thompson, etc, perhaps influenced Marx through his friendship with Engels, who lived chiefly in England. 2. The Communist Manifesto, 1848, the materialistic theory of history. 3. Marx’s economic theory, as set forth in his “Capital,” 1867. (a) The theory of value and surplus-value. Account and criticism. (b) The law of the concentration of capital. Account and criticism. Lecture II - Lassalle. 1 . Marx a student, not an agitator. He views first brought home to the working classes by Lassalle. 2. Brief review of German conditions up to the time of Lassalle’s agitation. (a) Battle of Jena and emancipationof serfs. War of Liberation, 1813. (b) Revolutions of 1848. At first a uni ted movement of bourgeoisie and proletariat, but the bourgeoisie became alarmed at the demands of the proletariat, and a reaction set in before much had been gained. (c) Economic progress of Germany during the Fifties. Spreadof laissez-faire Liberalism. Schulze-Delitzsch’s friendly societies. 3. La ssalle’s writings and agitation, 1863 and 1864. The Universal German Working-Men’s Association. Lassalle’s death, 1864. 4. Lassalle’s sources: Rodbertus and Marx. 5. Lassalle’s character and the results of his work. His effect chiefly emotional. Lecture III - History of German Socialism From the Death of Lassalle to the Passing of the Exceptional Law, 1878. 1. The various organisations and their development towards Marxianism. (a) Lassalle’s Universal German Working-Men’s Association up to 1871, under presidency of v. Schweitzer, continued to coquette with Bismarck.Afterwards became more democratic and Marxian, and joined Marx’s followers 1875. (b) International Working-Men’s Association, founded in London, 1864, followed Marx, and obtainedgreat influence in Germany, chiefly through Marx’s friend Liebknecht. (c) League of German Working-Men’s Societies, founded in Leipzig, 1863, to oppose Lassalle from side of Liberalism. Bebel, the leader of the League, became a Socialist under the influence of Liebknecht, and carried most of his followers with him. (d) In 1869 the League amalgamated with the Members of the International to form the Social Democratic Working-Men’s Party. Joined by Lassalle’s Association in 1875, Marx’s influence became supreme. 2. The Franco-Prussian War. Consequent check to Social Democracy. 3. German Constitution, as determined in 1871. 4. Growing hostility to Socialism, and passing of the Exceptional Law, 1878. Lecture IV - Social Democracy Under the Exceptional Law, 1878-1890. 1. Principal Motives of popular enmity to Social Democracy. (a) Atheism. (b) Views on Marriage and the Family. (c) Internationalism. (d) Advocacy of Revolution. 2. Principal Provisions of the Exceptional Law. 3. Administration of the Exceptional Law, and attitude of officialleaders under it. 4. Bismarck’s State-Socialism, and consequent conflict b etween leaders and bulk of party. 5. A policeman’s view of Socialism and the Exceptional Law,. 6. Agitation under the Exceptional Law. Increase of Socialist Vote. Expiration of the Exceptional Law, 1890. Lecture V - Organisation, Agitation, Tactics and Programme of Social Democracy Since the Fall ofthe Socialist Law. 1. Organisation, as determined by Annual Congress of 18 90. Recent dissolutions by the police, and resulting changes of organisation. 2. Methods of agitation. 3. Discussion of Tactics at Annual Congress of 1891. Two opposite tendencies, to State-Socialism and to Revolution. 4. TheErfurt Programme adopted at the Annual Congress of 1891. Lecture VI - The Present Position of Social Democracy. 1. The various political parties of Germany, their programmes and strength. The over-representation of Agriculture, and resulting importance of the Agrarian Vote. 2. The Agrarian Difficulty. (a) As a result of Marx’s views of economic theory. (b) As discussed atthe two Party Congresses of 1894 and 1895. 3. Conclusion. Index. A few dog -eared pages, else very good in spine-browned, unclipped dustjacket. 50.00

Title: German Social Democracy. First Thus in dustjacket

Author Name: RUSSELL, Bertrand

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Publisher: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1965,:

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