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Some great books by Hal Draper, Sam Farber, T.N. Vance, Walter J. Oakes, Karl Kautsky and Evelyn Anderson available at discount from Center for Socialist History website.

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The socialist movement is a sort of amnesiac: socialists often know little about where they are coming from—no wonder they have difficulty knowing where they’re going. The fact is that little work or publication goes on in this field by socialists; most is by nonsocialists or antisocialists. They too can serve; but socialists’ concern with their own history is not of an academic character. A living movement has to know the lessons of the past. There is a big gap that needs closing up, a vacuum that needs filling. Socialists who know their past will be better able to solve the problems of the present.

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Women and Class
Toward a Socialist Feminism

Authored by Hal Draper
Original author August Bebel, Eleanor Marx, Clara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburg
This book recounts the origins of the modern feminist movement in the revolutionary movements of the nineteenth century. Beginning with an account of the first organized women’s movement, La Société des Citoyennes Républicaines Revolutionnaires, on the left of the French Revolutionary movement, this book tells the story of women’s movements in England, France and Germany. It is a story that has rarely been told in English.

America as Overlord
Authored by Hal Draper
These articles, written over a period of time from the end of World War II to the American invasion of Vietnam, expose the deception propagated by various administrations and their apologists. That deception was the claim that the United States Government was fighting for “freedom and democracy”.

Berkeley: The New Student Revolt
Authored by Hal Draper
Prologue by Mario Savio
A contemporary account by eyewitnesses of what was arguably the first act in the movement of the 60s — the Free Speech Movement on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.

La Revuelta de Berkeley
Authored by Hal Draper
Introduction and notes by Mario Savio
This is a Spanish translation of the history of the 1964 Free Speech Movement at the University of California written by participants in that historic uprising.

Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution
War and Revolution

Authored by Hal Draper, E. Haberkern
Marx and Engels’ views on war, revolution and the relation between the two evolved over time in response to the turbulent political and military history of the nineteenth centurey. The result has been that anyone can select a text to prove that Marx and Engels held the author’s position. The solution is to review the statements of Marx and Engels in their historical context.

The Adventures of the Communist Manifesto
 Authored by Hal Draper
At this date, it is unnecessary to explain the continuing concern with a short pamphlet published over a century and a half ago. Page for page, no other publication has rivaled the historical impact of the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
The oft-repeated statement that the Manifesto gained no attention whatever when it first came off the press is, to be sure, inaccurate. But it is certainly true that, decade by decade, the significance of the Manifesto increased, until now it blankets most of the globe. The number of books and essays which, in whole or in part, devote long discussions and evaluations to the views of the Manifesto-for and against-is enough to fill this book from cover to cover.
But this book is not one of them. It is, logically, anterior to all of them for the following reason.

Zionism, Israel & the Arabs
Authored by Hal Draper
This series of essays by the late Hal Draper looks at the Middle East conflict from what was long a unique point of view. Unlike traditional Zionism whose slogan “a land without people for a people without a land” made clear its intentions with regard to the Palestinians and unlike Arab nationalists who denied Israel’s right to exist; Draper argued that only a binational state that recognized the rights of both people offered a way out

Socialism from Below
Authored by Hal Draper
The divisions running through the history of the socialist movement between reformists and revolutionaries, authoritarians and democrats, putschists and gradualists-the divisions and disputes which have provided the categories in terms of which the history of the movement has been written-are secondary. The important distinction is between those socialists who looked for some outside authority which would hand down salvation to the grateful masses from above and those who saw the key to the reform of existing society in the struggle from below for self-emancipation…

Hammer or Anvil
The Story of the German Working Class Movement
Authored by Evelyn Anderson
FOR SEVERAL decades German Labour was the pride and model of the international working-class movement. It led the nation out of the first World War and into the post-war period; it was the founder and…

The Road to Power
Authored by Karl Kautsky
Introduction by John H. Kautsky
Translated by Raymond Meyer
The Road to Power has often been described as one of Karl Kautsky’s most important and revolutionary works. The book also gained prominence as a result of its reception. As Kautsky’s last major attack on those who hoped for a gradual “growth into socialism” by means of reforms and coalitions in the autocratic Wilhelmine Empire, it outraged Revisionists in the Social Democratic Party as well as certain trade union leaders.

Neither Capitalism Nor Socialism
Theories of Bureaucratic Collectivism

Authored by E. Haberkern, Arthur Lipow, James Burnham, Yvan Craipeau, Dwight MacDonald, Max Shachtman, Ernest Erber, James Carter, Hal Draper, Jack Brad, T. N. Vance, Bruno Rizzi
This anthology is a small sampling of the work of those socialists who tried to think through what was happening in the “post-capitalist: societies; beginning with Stalin’s Russia and the fascist states.
The analysis was extended to include the new states that arose in the post WWII era, particularly Mao’s China and Tito’s Yugoslavia.
Perhaps of more contemporary importance is the attempt to understand what was happening to modern capitalism. Of particular interest is the discussion of the “Permanent Arms Economy” and its effect on capitalism.

The Permanent War Economy
Authored by T. N. Vance, Walter J. Oakes
The first author to analyze the system of “Military Keynesianism”. The first article in this collection appeared in1944 in the magazine “Politics” edited by Dwight MacDonald. It argued that a system based on military spending was able to do what the programs of the New Deal could not. The author also explained why this system was ultimately unstable.

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Edited and translated by Richard B. Day and Daniel Gaido

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The theory of permanent revolution has long been associated with Leon Trotsky. Though he was the most brilliant of its proponents, these newly translated documents, most of them available in English for the first time, demonstrate that Trotsky was only one of several leading figures of international Marxism engaged in a debate, sparked by the first Russian Revolution in 1905, about the form workers’ struggle would take in less developed countries. Among the figures included in these discussions were Karl Kautsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Franz Mehring, Parvus, and David Ryazanov

Richard B. Day is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published extensively on Soviet economic and political history, including Leon Trotsky and the Politics of Economic Isolation.

Daniel F. Gaido is a researcher at the National Research Council (Conicet) in Argentina. He is the author of The Formative Period of American Capitalism and is currently working on a book on the history of German social democracy

Praise for Witnesses to Permanent Revolution:

“Since the world is again in the midst of an economic crisis, the arguments here are not without contemporary relevance, even if from today’s perspective it is a polemic where everybody is right. Summing up: recommended.” —A. Ezergailis, Choice

“Sometimes reading debates between figures on the left, involving historical references readers may not be familiar with, can be a daunting or even demoralising experience. But the brilliant and precise annotating of this collection, along with a short introduction to each piece, makes every article accessible to a wide range of readers…Day and Gaido have done a fantastic service with this immense collection. Witnesses to Permanent Revolution is a fascinating and thought provoking book and one that genuinely sheds new light on past debates about socialism that can help to inform the future.” —Esme Choonara, International Socialism

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Rosa Luxemburg


Rosa Luxemburg and the Critique of Political Economy
Edited by Riccardo Bellofiore

This book analyzes the important contributions of Rosa Luxemburg to economic theory as well as devoting some space to her background as a left social-democratic politician and her personality.

The book’s main focus of attention is the theory of capitalist development and the theory of the crash, but its connection with the theory of value, the theory of the monetary circuit, the theory of distribution and the theory of international finance are also explored.

The contributors to the volume come from different theoretical perspectives, both from within and outside the Marxian tradition – Post-Keynesians, Kaleckians and Circuitists are all included.

Table of Contents

Rosa Luxemburg and the Critique of Political Economy, edited by Riccardo Bellofiore, Routledge Studies in the History of Economics, Routledge: Thirteen papers discuss Rosa Luxemburg’s contribution to Marxian critical political economy.

Papers explore:

Rosa Luxemburg’s on capitalist dynamics, distribution and effective demand crises (Riccardo Bellofiore);

Luxemburg’s critique of Karl Marx’s schemes of reproduction–a re-evaluation and a possible generalization (Meghnad Desai and Roberto Veneziani);

Where does the money and demand come from?–Rosa Luxemburg and the Marxian reproduction schema (Andrew B. Trigg);

The monetary circuit of capital in the Anti-Critique (Riccardo Bellofiore);

Late Marx and Luxemburg–opening a development within political economy (Paul Zarembka);

Rosa Luxemburg and finance (Jan Toporowski);

Economics, politics, and crisis theory–Luxemburg, Bukharin, and Grossmann on the limits of capital (Paul Mattick);

Luxemburg’s and Kalecki’s theories and visions of capitalist dynamics (Tadeusz Kowalik);

Imperialism today (Joseph Halevi);

Rosa Luxemburg on imperialism–some issues of substance and method (Roberto Veneziani);

Rosa Luxemburg’s The Accumulation of Capital: East and West (He Ping);

A very political political economist– Rosa Luxemburg’s theory of wages (Michael R. Kraetke);

Rosa Luxemburg on trade unions and the party–the polemics with Kautsky and Lenin—an assessment (Andrea Panaccione); and

Luxemburg–the woman, the revolutionary (Edoarda Masi).


Riccardo Bellofiore is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Bergamo and Research Associate with the Centre for the History and Methodology of Economics at the University of Amsterdam.

June 2009: 216pp | Hardback: 978-0-415-40570-6 £70.00 DISCOUNTED PRICE: £56.00 €66.00

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