Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution
Volume 5: War & Revolution

Draper, Hal; Haberkern, E.
Publisher:  Monthly Review Press and Center for Socialist History, USA
Year Published:  2005  
Pages:  283pp   ISBN:  9781456303501
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX11067

The subject of this volume is Marx and Engels' views on the relation between war and revolution. Its thesis is that, over the course of decades, their views on this question changed -- evolved is a better word -- although, in this case as in others, they wrote no definitive statement of their views. Instead, we have a considerable corpus of ad hoc responses to the events of the hour, many of them politically explosive, from which we have to reconstruct, not a line, but an approach. To complicate things further, many of these crises, while they were the news of the day at the time, have since faded from memory.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
The "Revolution" of August 14, 1914 (9), Lenin, Potresov and Kautsky (10), Three Epochs (12), "No Other Question Could Have Been Posed" (14), Two Barking Dogs (15), What Engels Did and Didn't Say (17)

CHAPTER 1. WAR AND THE DEMOCRACY IN 1848
War and Revolution 1793-1848 (19), The Main Enemy (21), A Nation That Oppresses Others Cannot Itself Be Free (23), War With Russia (25), "Sea-Girt Schleswig-Holstein" (28), Hungarians and Poles (31), The Old Poland and the New (33), Revolutionary Cattle Dealers (39), The Workers Have No Country (46)

CHAFTER2. "NON-HISTORIC" PEOPLES
Twenty Vendées (52), Hegel on "Residual Fragments of Peoples" (55), The "Non-Historic" Czechs (56), "Counterrevolutionary Peoples" (59), Bakunin's 'Völkisch' Nationalism (64), Democratic Pan-Slavism (70)

CHAPTER 3. THE SIXTH POWER
Marx's "Russophobia" (80), First Impressions (83), The Revolutionary Side (84), The Peace Party in England (86), The Russian Menace (87), Two Ex-Revolutionaries (91), The "Sixth Power" (95)

CHAPTER 4: PULLING THE PLUG
The Demagogy of "National Revolution" (101), Po and Rhine (103), Lassalle's Appeasement Policy (105), Germany's Unification in "A Prussian Barracks" (108), Bismarck's Coup (109), "The Prussian Military Question and the German Workers' Party" (111), Engels on Universal Conscription (113), A Bourgeois Bluff (114), The "Workers' Party" and Universal Suffrage (115), "Bourgeois Freedoms" (116), Engels as "Military Expert" in 1866 (118)

CHAPTER 5. "THE DESPOTS OF ALL COUNTRIES ARE OUR ENEMIES"
The 1870 Split in the German Social Democracy (121), Marx and Engels' 'Defensism' (124), Marx's 'Pro-Prussianism' (129), The "Neutrality Spirit1 (133), The Trouble With Wilhelm Liebknecht (135), Engels' Attack on Liebknecht (138), Marx's Reply to Engels (142), The Letter to the Brunswick Committee (147), What Changed at Sedan (151), Postscript (152), "How to Fight the Prussians" (153), Treason (155)

CHAPTER 6. BURYING THE 'TSARIST MENACE'
The Danger of War (159), The Tsarist Threat (161), Engels' 1891 "Prowar" Aberration (164), The Tsar Learns to Sing the Marseillaise (167), The Dispute With Bebel (169), The French Reaction (175), A New Stage of Capitalism? (176), Internment (178)

CHAPTER 7. BURNING DOWN THE EMPEROR'S PALACE
Can Europe Disarm? (179), "... and the German Army Is Ours" (185), The Fight Over The Class Struggles in France (186)

SPECIAL NOTE A: ROSDOLSKY VS. ROSDOLSKY
Marx and Engels on 1846 (191), Two Diversions (202), The Neue Rheinische Zeitung and the Jews (204), Rosdolsky: 1929 and 1948 (209)

SPECIAL NOTE B. "CONSTITUTIONAL" OR "REVOLUTIONARY" WAR?
Lincoln and Slavery (215), The Abolitionists in Charge (216), Marx on the Secession Crisis (216), Lincoln's Fear of Revolution (218), Marx as commentator on the American Civil War (220), Why? (222)

SPECIAL NOTE C: THE LINCOLN MYTH

SPECIAL NOTE D: ENGELS' "LAST TESTAMENT' A TRAGICOMEDY IN FIVE ACTS....
Enter Wilhelm Liebknecht Stage Right-Stumbling (233), Enter Bernstein-Twirling a Long Black Mustache (235), D. Riazonov Discovers Engels' Original Draft (237), The Communists vs. the Socialist Labor Party-Comic Relief (238)

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

NOTES

INDEX

Subject Headings

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