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The preconditions of socialism

Bernstein, Eduard (1899) The preconditions of socialism. Dietz, Stuttgart.

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An influential work on social democracy that cites the Webbs several times and which Lenin disparagingly considered as derivative of the Webbs' writings of the late 1890s: "After reading the English text of Volume II [of the Webbs' Industrial Democracy] he [Lenin] wrote to his mother (September 1, 1899) that together with Nadezhda Konstantinovna began to read Bernstein's book (the notorious "Preconditions of Socialism and the Problems of Social Democracy"). "Theoretically - incredibly weak; repetition of other people's thoughts ... Virtually - opportunism (Fabianism, or rather: the original mass of assertions and ideas of Bernstein is in the Webb's in their last books), limitless opportunism and posililism [sic - posibilizm?], and yet a cowardly opportunism ..." - Extract from V.I. Lenin and the Socialist Movement in Great Britain - II. The first works on Great Britain / E. Rotshtein.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Reprinted by Cambridge University Press, 1993, in the series Cambridge texts in the history of political thought. The full text is available at the link. The Rothstein quotation is at the link.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 12:49
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 13:12

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