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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Explore the Home Gift Guide. Grigori Rasputin rated it really liked it Jun 24, Indeed, one of Lichtheim’s key theoretical problems is that he never properly defines “democracy” beyond that which is egalitarian lichtyeim good, which hardly seems scientific.

In addition to ethical socialists, we had religious socialists, anarcho-socialists, communitarian socialists and pure-and-simple councilist socialists–plus, of course, the usual mass of “socialists” with no clear sense of ideology or history. He was correct about this but the solution was more democracy, not communism. A quick read of any Dickens novel bears witness to the necessity of early socialist thinking. Jordan Adams marked it as to-read Jan 27, Shehzad Kamal is currently reading it Feb 12, Want to Read saving….

Bourbonst marked it as to-read Sep 22, His discussion of Marx, who Lichtheim is an excellent writer and a top-notch wit, which sometimes makes it easy to forget his shortcomings both as a historian and a political analyst. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Steven Chang marked it as to-read May 29, Back to the Fabians, whose job it was, or so they believed, to convert middle-class intellectuals to socialism. Nico Xarras rated it really liked it Sep 04, Health care aside, he does not call on the US to nationalise multiple industries. Yet, with scant historical evidence, he declares that Marx was a social-democrat, not a communist, by the end of his life.

The simple answer is that he could not. Steven rated it really liked it Sep 05, He never really created a viable blueprint for a functioning society and his philosophy was very vague.

In fact, they are left leaning neo-liberals. Tasos Jter added it Nov 22, Aside from the Seamus Milnes of this world, the overwhelming majority of people would have chosen capitalist democracies. Samantha added it Feb 03, As to why the idea of socialism came about, it was the harsher edges of classical liberalism that made it so some degree inevitable.

Welsh reader rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. So filled with historical inaccuracies that it’s sheer fiction. Early liberalism and utilitarianism had come into being after the Enlightenment and democratic revolutions around the world in the previous fifty years, yet failed to sufficiently improve the lot of the majority of people, leaving a thirst for new models of social organisation.

A Short History of Socialism

Thanks for telling us about the problem. From high school until the beginning of college I belonged to The History Book Club, history being my favorite subject by then and the Club offering the collected works of Abraham Lincoln as an almost-free come-on. James M Carmichael rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.


Robert Taylor marked it as to-read Feb 24, There we got a lucid adumbration of the practical and philosophical results of classic liberalism’s clash with the facts of geogre.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Gradually, the book gets embarrassing. Sumit Chauhan marked it as to-read Apr 02, Lichtheim is vulnerable on many points, from value theory to Trotskyism. His death was by suicide. Not only is Lichtheim’s critique of Lenin one-noted and simplistic, he writes his political career off as signifying the “birth of totalitarianism”, but he completely ignores Lenin’s immense contributions to Marxist philosophy and theory.

He was an atheist and a successful, cotton-making industrialist who believed that the system could be made more equitable. George Lichtheim was a German-born intellectual whose works focused on the history and theory of socialism and Marxism. That socialism failed to stop the war was seen as a fault. The fact remains that capitalist democracies have seen incredible economic and social improvements whereas socialiism purely socialist countries have been basket cases.

It is impossible to take people who celebrate violent, brutal and repressive systems such as Cuba seriously. Angeline Ng is currently reading it Oct sociallsm,