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Eduard Bernstein on Socialism Past and Present

Essays and Lectures on Ideology

Authors: Ostrowski, Marius S.

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  • Fills an important gap in the Anglophone literature on German Social Democracy in general, and Eduard Bernstein in particular
  • Covers an underexplored part of Bernstein’s thought with a focus on his later years
  • Acts as a direct continuation of a previous translation project Eduard Bernstein on Social Democracy and International Politics
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This book presents six major texts and selected shorter writings by the social-democratic thinker and politician Eduard Bernstein, translated into English for the first time: Socialism Past and PresentThe Social Doctrine of AnarchismSocial Liberalism or Collectivism?How is Scientific Socialism Possible?What is Socialism?The Socialisation of Enterprises; and articles from the periodicals Neue Zeit and Sozialistische Monatshefte alongside several unpublished manuscripts. Written over the period 1893 to 1931, these works focus on socialism as an ideology, and trace debates about ethics, social science, and class struggle that preoccupied the early-20th-century socialist movement. Bernstein carefully demarcates the boundaries between socialism and its ideological rivals, contrasting its communitarian aspirations with individualistic liberalism and anarchism, and its adherence to democratic methods with the totalitarian violence of communism and fascism. He revisits the intellectual canon of socialist thought, recentring contributions by Ferdinand Lassalle, Karl Rodbertus, and other neglected figures alongside those of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Urging socialists to seize the opportunities afforded by their growing political representation, Bernstein addresses the strategies needed to achieve progressive policy reforms, including the prospects for realising socialism with the foundation of the Weimar Republic. 

'In this illuminating collection, Marius Ostrowski brings together several essays by Eduard Bernstein, spanning a forty-year period of activity and addressing the question of “what is socialism”. At a time of renewed reflection on the foundation and value of social democracy, engaging with the thought of one of its founding fathers will be immeasurably valuable for both supporters and critics.'

—Professor Lea Ypi, London School of Economics, UK 

'During his long life, Eduard Bernstein made a contribution of great significance to both the theoretical and political development of the left, emerging as a founding figure of European social democracy. In this splendid volume, Marius Ostrowski presents Bernstein’s writing in its full richness and complexity, bringing together his lucid translations into English of some of the major theoretical works published by Bernstein during the years of the Weimar Republic. This book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the development of the socialist tradition during a period of great political turmoil, and gives us a three-dimensional understanding of Bernstein’s contributions to socialism and social democracy.'

— Dr Martin O’Neill, University of York, UK

 

About the authors

Marius S. Ostrowski is Examination Fellow in Politics at All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK, and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He has written Eduard Bernstein on Social Democracy and International Politics (2018), Eduard Bernstein on the German Revolution (2019), and Left Unity: Manifesto for a Progressive Alliance (2020).


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'In this illuminating collection, Marius Ostrowski brings together several essays by Eduard Bernstein, spanning a forty-year period of activity and addressing the question of “what is socialism”. At a time of renewed reflection on the foundation and value of social democracy, engaging with the thought of one of its founding fathers will be immeasurably valuable for both supporters and critics.'

—Professor Lea Ypi, London School of Economics, UK 

'During his long life, Eduard Bernstein made a contribution of great significance to both the theoretical and political development of the left, emerging as a founding figure of European social democracy. In this splendid volume, Marius Ostrowski presents Bernstein’s writing in its full richness and complexity, bringing together his lucid translations into English of some of the major theoretical works published by Bernstein during the years of the Weimar Republic. This book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the development of the socialist tradition during a period of great political turmoil, and gives us a three-dimensional understanding of Bernstein’s contributions to socialism and social democracy.'

— Dr Martin O’Neill, University of York, UK

 

 

Table of contents (40 chapters)

Table of contents (40 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eduard Bernstein on Socialism Past and Present
Book Subtitle
Essays and Lectures on Ideology
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50484-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50484-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50483-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 722
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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