The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg
Bringing the contributions of this remarkable thinker and personality alive for new generations.
Rosa Luxemburg (1871–1919) is widely regarded as one of the most creative writers of modern socialism and the foremost female theoretician of European radicalism. Her wide-ranging and incisive works, which include studies on capitalism’s inherent drive for global expansion, the relation between spontaneity and organization, and the inseparability of democracy and socialism, have made her a pole of attraction for theorists and activists around the world. Her fiercely independent intellect and uncompromising defense of human liberty speaks more powerfully to our era than to any other.
At the same time, however, a great deal of her work—over 75%—has yet to be translated into English. This includes several thousand pages of writings in German (on anthropology, non-Western societies, imperialism, wage labor, and democracy) that have only been discovered in recent years and some 3,000 pages of largely unknown Polish-language material—much of it composed during her involvement in and reflection on the 1905–6 Russian Revolution. To fill this gap, The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg will make her entire body of work available for the first time. It will contain all of her books, pamphlets, essays, articles, letters and manuscripts, all in new and accurate English translations. It will be published in fourteen volumes, each with comprehensive annotations and introductions.