Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy

On the History and the Present of Luxemburg's 'Accumulation of Capital'

  • Judith Dellheim
  • Frieder Otto Wolf

About this book


The book is based upon a call for papers and a conference to mark the 100th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's principal work, The Accumulation of Capital: A Contribution to an Economic Explanation of Imperialism, published in 1913. Eleven contributors from five different countries come together to discuss different issues and dimensions connected with Luxemburg's work and focus on its continuing relevancy. This collection investigates topics such as, the influences of Karl Marx and Maxim Kovalevsky, the imperialism debate in German social democracy, and the critical reception of Luxemburg's work from Marxist and feminist viewpoints.

By positioning Luxemburg's work in a historical context, this book offers an accessible and timely insight into the significance of The Accumulation of Capital and, more importantly, demonstrates why Luxemburg's legacy should live on.


History of economic thought Imperialism German social democracy Marxist theory Capitalist society Karl Marx Maxim Kovalevsky economy political economy political science politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Judith Dellheim
    • 1
  • Frieder Otto Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Rosa Luxemburg FoundationBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Free University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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