The First Socialist Schism: Bakunin Vs. Marx In The International Working Men's Association by Wolfgang EckhardtThe First Socialist Schism: Bakunin Vs. Marx In The International Working Men's Association by Wolfgang Eckhardt

The First Socialist Schism: Bakunin Vs. Marx In The International Working Men's Association

byWolfgang EckhardtIntroduction byMark Leier

Paperback | September 1, 2016

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The First Socialist Schism chronicles the conflicts in the International Working Men’s Association (First International, 1864–1877), which represents an important milestone in the history of political ideas and socialist theory. The separate movements in the International—which would later develop into social democracy, communism, and anarchism—found their greatest advocates in Mikhail Bakunin and Karl Marx. What made the conflict between Bakunin and Marx so important was that it heralded the first socialist schism between parliamentary party politics aiming to conquer political power and social-revolutionary concepts. Instead of focusing exclusively on what Marx and Bakunin said, many other contributions to this debate are examined, making this the first reconstruction of a dispute that gripped the entire organization. This book also provides the first detailed account of the International’s Congress of The Hague (September, 1872), famous for the expulsion of Bakunin; including the background, the sequence of events, and international reaction. The book sets new standards when it comes to source material, taking into account documents from numerous archives and libraries that have previously gone unnoticed or were completely unknown.

Wolfgang Eckhardt works for the Library of the Free (Bibliothek der Freien) in Berlin and has been actively researching anarchism since the 1990s. His publications include the German-language Bakunin Selected Works series, of which six volumes have been published so far under his editorship (1995–2011).
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Title:The First Socialist Schism: Bakunin Vs. Marx In The International Working Men's AssociationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:PM PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:162963042X

ISBN - 13:9781629630427

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"This study is a comprehensive chronological account of the rift within the International Workingmen’s Association between the advocates of working-class political parties (Marx and his followers) and the antiauthoritarian revolutionary socialists (Bakunin and other anarchists)." —International Review of Social History