A Documentary History

Edited by William A. Pelz


Haymarket Books (May 2016, world English rights)

Trade Paper • ISBN-13: 9781608463947 • US $36 • 5 7/8 in x 8 7/8 in • 463 pgs.



Wilhelm Liebknecht and German Social Democracy is the most comprehensive collection available in English of the speeches and writings of Wilhelm Liebknecht, founder and leading voice of the German Social Democratic Party in the nineteenth century.

This collection of Liebknecht’s writings and speeches is a representative sampling of his most renowned and influential work. Each piece is prefaced by concise and informative introduction situating the material in its context. Where possible, the selections are presented unedited, making this collection an important research tool for political and labor historians and others concerned with the development of mass movements in 19th and 20th century Europe.




Dr. William A. Pelz is an academic historian who specializes in European and comparative labor history. His previous books include The Eugene V. Debs Reader: Socialism and Democracy (2014), Karl Marx: A World to Win (2012), Against Capitalism: The European Left on the March (2007); The Spartkusbund and the German Working Class Movement (1988). His articles and reviews have appeared in the American Historical Review, Film & History, German History, German Studies Review, International Labor and Working Class History, International Review of Social History, Labor Studies, Journal of European Studies, Science & Society, Soviet Studies, Sozialismus, JahrBuch fuar Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung, and International Labor History Yearbook, among others. Pluto Press (London) will publish his forthcoming book, A People’s History of Modern Europe in 2015.




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