Discovering Imperialism: Social Democracy to World War I by Daniel Gaido, Richard B. Day

By Daniel Gaido, Richard B. Day

Translated, edited and brought by way of Richard B. Day and Daniel F. Gaido

The conception of imperialism is mostly linked to a few of the ‘big names’ within the background of ecu Marxism, similar to Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Rudolf Hilferding and Nikolai Bukharin, along whom the English revolutionary John Hobson is mostly pointed out. even if, little is understood concerning the improvement of Marxist thought in this topic in addition to the books of those figures. This quantity assembles for the 1st time the most records of the foreign debate on imperialism that came about within the moment foreign through the interval 1898–1916. It assesses the contributions of the person members to the constructing concept of imperialism, putting them within the context of latest political debates.

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“[T]his is a truly very good e-book, that is deeply informative concerning the improvement of Marxist principles approximately imperialism prior to Lenin’s well-known textual content … [It] can be as commonly learn at the left as attainable. It opens up a vista of a way more advanced debate and improvement than our ‘traditional’ left narratives of the difficulty let us see.”
—Mike Macnair, The Weekly Worker

"Richard B. Day and Daniel Gaido have played an incredible provider via making on hand for the 1st time in english fifty-five articles documenting the debates between socialists (primarily, yet now not completely, in the German socialist stream) with appreciate to imperialism within the decade and a part top as much as global struggle I."
—International Socialist Review

Contents:

Editorial Introduction

1. Max Beer, ‘Modern English Imperialism’ (London, November 1897)
2. Max Beer, ‘The usa in 1898’ (New York, 31 December 1898)
3. Max Beer, ‘The usa in 1899’ (New York, 19 November 1899)
4. Paul Louis, ‘Anglo-Saxon Imperialism’ (March 1899)
5. Paul Louis, ‘Imperialism in England and the United States’ (September–December 1900)
6. Karl Kautsky, ‘The warfare in South Africa’ (November 1899)
7. Karl Kautsky, ‘Germany, England and World-Policy’ (8 and 10 could 1900)
8. Heinrich Cunow, ‘Trade-Agreements and Imperialist Expansion-Policy’ (May 1900)
9. Heinrich Cunow, ‘American Expansionist coverage in East Asia’ (June–July 1902)
10. Eduard Bernstein, ‘Social Democracy and Imperialism’ (May 1900)
11. Theodor Rothstein, ‘The South-African battle and the Decadence of English Liberalism’ (July 1901)
12. Max Beer, ‘Reflections on England’s Decline’ (New York, March 1901)
13. Max Beer, ‘Social Imperialism’ (8 November 1901)
14. Max Beer, ‘Party-Projects in England’ (January 1902)
15. Max Beer, ‘Imperialist Policy’ (December 1902)
16. Max Beer, ‘Imperialist Literature’ (December 1906)
17. Paul Louis, ‘An Essay on Imperialism’ (April 1904)
18. Julian Marchlewski-Karski, ‘English Imperialism’ (4 October 1904)
19. Julian Marchlewski-Karski, ‘A Victory of Imperialism’ (10 November 1904)
20. Otto Bauer, ‘On British Imperialism’ (January 1907)
21. Parvus (Alexander Helphand), ‘Before the “Hottentot Elections”’ (January 1907)
22. Parvus (Alexander Helphand), Colonies and Capitalism within the 20th Century (June 1907)
23. Rudolf Hilferding, ‘German Imperialism and family Politics’ (October 1907)
24. Otto Bauer, ‘Austria and Imperialism’ (October 1908)
25. Otto Bauer, ‘National and foreign Viewpoints on international Policy’ (September 1909)
26. Otto Bauer, ‘Imperialism and Socialism in England’ (January 1910)
27. Otto Bauer, ‘Finance Capital’ (June 1910)
28. Julian B. Marchlewski (Karski), ‘Rudolf Hilferding’s Finance Capital: A research of the newest section of Capitalist Development’ (27 August 1910)
29. Rosa Luxemburg, ‘Peace-Utopias’ (6–8 could 1911)
30. Rosa Luxemburg, ‘Morocco’ (August 1911)
31. Rosa Luxemburg, ‘Petty-Bourgeois or Proletarian World-Policy?’ (19 August 1911)
32. Karl Kautsky, ‘World-Politics, World-War and Social Democracy!’ (August 1911)
33. Rosa Luxemburg, ‘Our Broadsheet on Morocco’ (26 August 1911)
34. Rudolf Hilferding, ‘The Party-Congress and international Policy’ (September 1911)
35. Julian Marchlewski (Karski), ‘Imperialism or Socialism?’ (1912)
36. Karl Radek, ‘German Imperialism and the operating Class’ (March 1912)
37. Karl Radek, ‘Our fight opposed to Imperialism’ (May 1912)
38. Paul Lensch, ‘Militia and Disarmament’ (August 1912)
39. Gustav Eckstein, ‘Imperialism and Arms-Limitation’ (September 1912)
40. Karl Radek, ‘Ways and ability within the fight opposed to Imperialism’ (14 September 1912)
41. Paul Lensch, ‘Social Democracy and international Policy’ (9 December 1912)
42. SPD Party-Congress at Chemnitz, Debate and determination on Imperialism (15-21 September, 1912)
43. Anton Pannekoek, ‘Review of Rosa Luxemburg: the buildup of Capital: A Contribution to the commercial clarification of Imperialism’ (January 1913)
44. Gustav Eckstein, ‘Rosa Luxemburg’s the buildup of Capital: A Critique’ (16 February 1913)
45. Otto Bauer, ‘The Accumulation of Capital’ (1913)
46. Franz Mehring, ‘Review of Rosa Luxemburg, the buildup of Capital: A Contribution to an financial clarification of Imperialism’ (1914)
47. Karl Kautsky, ‘Imperialism’ (September 1914)
48. Anton Pannekoek, ‘The cave in of the International’ (20–2 October 1914)
49. Karl Kautsky, ‘National nation, Imperialist kingdom and Confederation’ (February 1915)
50. Rosa Luxemburg, ‘Perspectives and Projects’ (1915)
51. Karl Radek, ‘The riding Forces of Imperialism’ (March 1915)
52. Leon Trotsky, ‘The kingdom and the Economy’ (July 1915)
53. Anton Pannekoek, ‘The Prehistory of the World-War’ (1915)
54. Anton Pannekoek, ‘Imperialism and the initiatives of the Proletariat’ (January 1916)

Appendix: Rosa Luxemburg and the buildup of Capital

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Colonial policy signifies the conquest and seizure by force of an overseas land. ]. . Bernstein wants to persuade us that the policy of conquest is a natural necessity. I am quite astonished that he defended here the theory that there are two groups of peoples, one 82. International Socialist Congress 1907, pp. 29–30. 83. International Socialist Congress 1907, pp. 32–3. Introduction • 27 destined to rule and the other to be ruled, that there are people who are like children and incapable of governing themselves.

111. Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands 1907, Protokoll über die Verhandlungen des Parteitages abgehalten zu Essen vom. 15. bis 21. September 1907, pp. 261–2. In a letter 36 • Introduction Although Kautsky hoped to settle the matter by replacing the question of who started a war with the higher principle of ‘a proletarian and democratic interest’, years later the debate over war and defence of the fatherland still raged in the pages of left-wing SPD newspapers. To represent that ongoing dispute, we have included in this anthology an article entitled ‘Social Democracy and Foreign Policy’, published anonymously in the Leipziger Volkszeitung in December 1912, whose authorship we have tentatively ascribed to the editor of that journal, Paul Lensch.

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