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The Living Flame
The Revolutionary Passion of Rosa Luxemburg

A remarkable collection of essays illuminating Rosa Luxemburg's tremendous contributions to revolutionary struggle and enduring relevance.

Rosa Luxemburg, brilliant early 20th century German revolutionary, comes alive in a rich set of essays on her life, ideas, and lasting influence. The essays deal not only with her remarkable contributions to political, social and economic theory, but also touch on her vibrant personality and intimate friendships. This collection, the fruit of more than four decades of involvement with Luxemburg's work, simultaneously showcases her penetratingly intellectual, political and deeply humanistic qualities.

  • "These diverse, wide-ranging essays make an indispensable contribution to our understanding of Rosa Luxemburg, who emerges as formidable theorist, principled activist, and above all, a fully realized human being. Always attentive to the complex interplay between historical and individual dynamics, The Living Flame affirms Luxemburg’s lasting contribution and underscores the relevance of her legacy for our own, very different, age. Paul Le Blanc illuminates Luxemburg’s vision: “unrelenting revolutionary activity coupled with boundless humanity—that alone is the real life-giving force of socialism.”−Helen Scott, author, The Storm of History: Shakespeare’s Tempest and Capitalism

    "Paul Le Blanc’s essays are a profound and multidimensional investigation of a giant thinker and revolutionary. These works show meticulous historical and theoretical attentiveness and at the same time are hugely timely; a significant contribution to Rosa Luxemburg studies and Marxist theory and history." −Dana Mills, author, Rosa Luxemburg: Critical Lives

    "These essays convey what many readers have come to expect from Paul Le Blanc: uncommonly nuanced, probing, and also deeply principled explorations. His mode of engagement nicely compliments that of Rosa Luxemburg and shows us her thoughts as a living and breathing work in progress, not merely echoes from an increasingly distant past. In addition, Le Blanc models how Marxists and Leftists in general might want to relate to one another when we debate complex issues and at times disagree. A meaningful exchange of viewpoints requires not only a comradely tone but also willingness to, first of all, truly understand someone else's perspective before countering it." −Axel Fair-Schulz, associate professor at SUNY Potsdam

Other books by Paul Le Blanc

  • Revolutionary Collective

    This important volume traces efforts to advance the socialist goal through the organization of revolutionary collectives, engaging with a pantheon of relevant radical thinkers.

  • US Trotskyism 1928–1965 Part I: Emergence

    Edited by Thomas Bias, Paul Le Blanc, et al.

    The first in a documentary trilogy of U.S. Trotskyism, this volume spans 1928 to 1940, surveying labor struggles, contributions to the study of history and Marxist theory, and confrontations and convergences among left currents.

  • US Trotskyism 1928–1965 Part II: Endurance

    Edited by Thomas Bias, Paul Le Blanc, et al.

    The second in a documentary trilogy of U.S. Trotskyism, this volume spans 1941 to 1956, surveying the Second World War, the post-war strike wave, ongoing struggles against racism, and more.

  • US Trotskyism 1928–1965 Part III: Resurgence

    The third in a documentary trilogy of U.S. Trotskyism, this volume spans 1954 to 1965, surveying the Cold War era, the Black liberation struggle, the "third wave" of feminism, and more.

  • The American Exceptionalism of Jay Lovestone and His Comrades, 1929-1940

    Few figures in the history of the American Left can claim a more significant and yet contradictory legacy as Jay Lovestone.

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  • C. L. R. James and Revolutionary Marxism

    CLR James and Revolutionary Marxism collects some of the most important, but difficult to obtain, articles from the legendary Trinidadian-Marxist.
  • Revolutionary Studies

    Explores relevance of Marxism to emancipatory politics through critical examination of core concepts and key twentieth-century revolutionary figures and movements.
  • October Song

    An evocative and inspiring account of the events of the 1917 Russian Revolution and its legacy.

  • Black Liberation and the American Dream

    Edited by Paul Le Blanc
    Analysing intersections of race, class, and gender alongside primary texts, this unique volume explores racism and antiracism in the US.
  • Left Americana

    Essays highlighting socialist and left-wing traditions that helped shape US history in the direction of “liberty and justice for all".
  • Trotskyism in the United States

    Edited by George Breitman, Paul Le Blanc, et al.
    An outstanding set of informative essays, providing an unsurpassed account of the dynamic revolutionary socialist current known as American Trotskyism.
  • From Marx to Gramsci

    Edited by Paul Le Blanc
    A comprehensive course in the contributions of key figures to the Marxist tradition.
  • A Short History of the U.S. Working Class

    Le Blanc presents a colorful, fact-filled history that concentrates on the struggles and achievements of the often neglected laboring majority.
  • Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

    Lenin's political and organizational ideas confront the reality of the labor movement and the revolutionary process.
  • Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party

    Trotsky’s own words on revolutionary organization, from 1917 to 1940, highlight the dynamics of democratic initiative and principled centralism.
  • Unfinished Leninism

    A stimulating collection of essays on the revolutionary socialist Vladimir Lenin that survey fierce controversies over his life and ideas.

Other books of interest

  • Living Flame

    A remarkable collection of essays illuminating Rosa Luxemburg's tremendous contributions to revolutionary struggle and enduring relevance.