Ben Lewis on Karl Kautsky

The Prokhorov Centre's Ben Lewis has published Karl Kautsky’s The Development of a Marxist (19 October 2017).

Karl Kautsky (1854-1938)
Image by George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress (Public domain), from Wikimedia Commons

Ben Lewis has published an annotated translation of "Das Werden eines Marxisten" (1924), by the Czech-Austrian Marxist Karl Kautsky (1854-1938), in the 2017 issue of Historical Materialism.

This 50-page autobiographical sketch, never translated into English before, offers fascinating insights into the life and times of a thinker known by his contemporaries as the "Pope of Marxism".

Following the deaths of Marx and Engels, Kautsky became the most important Marxist strategist of his age and a leading theoretician of German social democracy.

In the first half of the twentieth century, his ideas helped shape political events across Europe.

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