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Karl Kautsky, 1854-1938
Karl Kautsky, 1854-1938
By Gary P. Steenson
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1978, 308 pp.

Kautsky was one of the most influential Marxists of his day, the mentor to an entire generation of Marxists. This book rescues him from relative obscurity: it guides us intelligently through the evolution of his thought (from "romantic socialist to consistent Marxist") and reconstructs his efforts to adapt Marx's theories and precepts to the political needs of a mass party. A very competent monograph.