This is the first-ever English translation of this important work. Originally disseminated by the German Social-Democratic Party (SPD) in 1908, The Historic Accomplishment of Karl Marx summarizes Kautsky’s perspective on the importance of the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to the workers’ movement, as well as his reflections on the status of Marx’s thought as it relates to European intellectual history. It also contains an important formulation of the so-called merger formula, the notion that a mass party capable of enacting revolution must come about through the “merger” of socialism and the workers’ movement. The Historic Accomplishment of Karl Marx contains ideas that were vital for Lenin’s intellectual development and is a shining example of the oft-neglected socialist theory that was produced during the time of the Second International. The introduction by Alexander Gallus reflects on the continuing relevance of Kautsky’s thought to socialists and the workers’ movement, and examines the state of the world in 2020 through this lens.
Succinct and accessible, The Historic Accomplishment of Karl Marx is the ideal introduction to Karl Kautsky’s thought and to the work of Marx and Engels.
Paperback, 85 pages