Title, A short history of socialism. Author, George Lichtheim. Publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Original from, the University of Michigan. Digitized, Jan This survey of movements and theories fails to fulfill the promise of The Origins of Socialism (), Lichtheim’s study of the pre European. Results 1 – 30 of 66 Short History of Socialism by Lichtheim, George and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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The Welfare State as a concept has balanced things out. There is an interesting discussion about the tentative links between authoritarianism and socialism. I also think that we need to credit Marx and his fellow leftist thinkers with being instrumental in implementing elements of the Welfare State and protecting workers.

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Marx continues to tower over the left to this day and Lichtheim clearly believes that he was the greatest socialist thinker ever. This and scialism idea that wages would fall were the two predictions that Marx was incorrect on. And judged by its intention to provide general background and signposts for further study, the book’s manner is both randomly over-detailed and simplistic.

I find liberalism almost as boring as communism and have no wish to be drawn into an argument over which of these two antiquate George Lichtheim was a German-born intellectual whose works focused on the history and theory of socialism and Marxism. Sheena marked it as to-read Dec 11, Nico Xarras rated it really liked it Sep 04, James marked it as to-read Sep 28, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. His subtle, yet both cutting and loving critiques georbe the schools of the early-left are marvelously entertaining, informative, and dry.


Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I had never considered the link but it now seems obvious that when democracy did not fix the ills of society, people wanted something else that would do the job. Shor draws a straight line from the perceived failure of the French Revolution to make society more equal to the demand for socialism.

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Steven marked it as to-read Feb 12, Ryan marked it as to-read Apr 20, Trivia About A Short History o A quick read of any Dickens novel bears witness to the necessity of early socialist thinking. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? As to why the idea of socialism came about, it was the harsher edges of classical liberalism that made it so some degree inevitable.

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An expression that I am in love with! Back to the Fabians, whose job it was, or so they believed, to convert middle-class intellectuals to socialism. Fernando rated it really liked it Jul 14, Lichtheim has some interesting comments on the early democratic French thinker Rousseau, whom I would never have associated with socialism!

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In fact, they are left leaning neo-liberals. If communism was the end point of socialism, then classical early liberalism was its opposite, being too weighted in favour of unregulated free markets. I find liberalism almost as boring as communism and have no wish to be drawn into an argument over which of these two antiquated creeds is less likely to advance us any further.

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