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The Quest for Evolutionary Socialism
Eduard Bernstein and Social Democracy

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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025058

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  • The Quest for Evolutionary Socialism is a timely response to the need for a new, comprehensive biography of the life and works of Eduard Bernstein, the German "Father of Marxist Revisionism". Professor Steger addresses recent academic developments and current debates on the "End of Socialism". Setting this study within the historical context of the European labor movement, Steger thus interprets Bernstein's "Evolutionary Socialism" as an ethically-motivated quest for liberty, solidarity and distributive justice.

    • Only current biography of Eduard Bernstein available in English
    • Combines an in-depth history of pre-World War II Germany's labour movement with an exploration of socialist theory and liberal thought
    • Includes a discussion of post-1989 events relating to the collapse of Communism
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    "Steger's impressive study should be the standard work in English on this subject for many years." T.M. Keefe, Choice

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    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025058
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.476kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the nature of Bernstein's quest
    Part I. Preparation:
    1. The making of a social democrat
    2. Persecution and exile
    3. The 'Revisionist Controversy'
    Part II. Vision:
    4. The meaning of socialism
    5. Evolutionary socialism as 'organized liberalism': rethinking economics, state and democracy
    Part III. Disappointment:
    6. Facing the critics
    7. The revisionist debate extended
    8. The dawn of a new era
    9. Bernstein's final battle: confronting socialist instrumentalism
    Epilogue: evolutionary socialism at the 'end of socialism'

  • Author

    Manfred B. Steger, Illinois State University

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