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The History of the Left from Marx to the Present Theoretical Perspectives by Darrow Schecter

The History of the Left from Marx to the Present Theoretical Perspectives


The History of the Left from Marx to the Present Theoretical Perspectives by Darrow Schecter

There are many ways of presenting the history of the left. In this concise and cogent survey, Darrow Schecter avoids trivializing struggles of the last 150 years, focusing on Marx's theories and the diverse struggles for human emancipation that have characterized European and world history since the French Revolution. Each chapter in the book builds on the previous one, analysing the emergence and development of a specifically left wing understanding of the relation between knowledge, left politics, and emancipation. Schecter explores the crucial question of how to institutionalize the relation between humanity and nature in a free society of fully humanized individuals. Including discussions of Marxism, the Frankfurt School, Critical Theory, Anarchism, Surrealism, and Global Anti-Capitalism, The History of the Left from Marx to the Present is a valuable tool for understanding the theories that have helped shape our present-day political world.

About the Author

Darrow Schecter is Reader in the School of Humanities, University of Sussex and previously taught at the University of Oxford. He teaches various courses on political and critical theory and has written numerous books including Sovereign States or Political Communities?

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Publication date

6th September 2007


Darrow Schecter

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


256 pages


Marxism & Communism
Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies
Political science & theory



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