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Author Derfler, Leslie.

Title Paul Lafargue and the flowering of French socialism, 1882-1911 / Leslie Derfler
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 369 pages) : illustrations
Contents ""Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction""; ""1. Faults Enough and to Spare""; ""2. Defending the Faith""; ""3. Beyond All Possible Bounds""; ""4. The Parisians Have Gone Mad""; ""5. That Damned Congress""; ""6. Fusillade at Fourmies""; ""7. A Dangerous Dream""; ""8. Peasants and Patriots""; ""9. Beaten But Not Stoned""; ""10. Let Us Storm the Forts""; ""11. The Myth That Seems Absurd""; ""12. Pleasantries or NaÃv̄etés""; ""13. Absurd and Incredible Conduct""; ""14. Party of Opposition""; ""15. Socialism and the Intellectuals""
""16. A Force Retarding Human Progress""""17. The Unperceived Force""; ""18. One Reform on Top of Another""; ""19. Simply ... Logical""; ""Afterword""; ""Notes""; ""Index""
Summary Paul Lafargue, the disciple and son-in-law of Karl Marx, helped to found the first French Marxist party in 1882. Over the next three decades, he served as the chief theoretician and propagandist for Marxism in France. During these years - which ended with the dramatic suicides of Lafargue and his wife - French socialism, and the Marxist party within it, became a significant political force. Leslie Derfler explores Lafargue's political strategies, specifically his break with party co-founder Jules Guesde in the Boulanger and Dreyfus episodes and over the question of socialist syndicalist relations. Derfler shows Lafargue's importance as both political activist and theorist. He describes Lafargue's role in the formulation of such strategies as the promotion of a Second Workingmen's International, the pursuit of reform within the framework of the existent state but opposition to any socialist participation in nonsocialist governments, and the subordination of trade unionism to political action. He emphasizes Lafargue's pioneering efforts to apply Marxist methods of analysis to questions of anthropology, aesthetics, and literary criticism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-363) and index
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Subject Lafargue, Paul, 1842-1911.
Political activists -- France.
Socialism -- France -- 19th century.
Socialism -- France.
Socialists -- France -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674034228 (electronic bk.)
9780674034228 (electronic bk.)