Red Hamlet

Red Hamlet The Life and Ideas of Alexander Bogdanov - Historical Materialism Book Series

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Synopsis

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Bogdanov, James D. White traces the intellectual development of this key socialist thinker, situating his ideas in the context of the Russian revolutionary movement. This sweeping and informative volume examines the part Bogdanov played in the origins of Bolshevism, his role in the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and his conflict with Lenin which lasted well after the revolution. The book goes on to examine Bogdanov's intellectually legacy-a legacy that, despite being deliberately obscured and distorted, was considerable and of lasting significance.


Bogdanov was an original and influential interpreter of Marx. He attained mastery of many spheres of knowledge, and employed this varied expertise in writing his chief theoretical work, Tectology, which anticipates modern systems theory.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781642590487
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 947.0841092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 494
Weight: 694g
Height: 153mm
Width: 228mm
Spine width: 27mm