Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

A Selection


The Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism (HCDM) is a comprehensive Marxist lexicon, which in the 9 German-language volumes concluded so far has involved over 800 scholars from around the globe. Conceived by philosopher Wolfgang Fritz Haug in 1983, the first volume of the ongoing lexicon project was published in 1994. This first English-language selection introduces readers to the HCDM’s wide range of terms: besides Marxist concepts, approached from a plural standpoint and stressing feminist, ecological, and internationalist perspectives, it boasts entries on the histories of social movements, theoretical schools, as well as cultural, political, philosophical, and aesthetic debates.

Contributors are: Samir Amin, Jan Otto Andersson, Konstantin Baehrens, Lutz-Dieter Behrendt, Mario Candeias, Robert Cohen, Alex Demirović, Klaus Dörre, William W. Hansen, Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Frigga Haug, Peter Jehle, Juha Koivisto, Wolfgang Küttler, Morus Markard, Eleonore von Oertzen, Christof Ohm, Rinse Reeling Brouwer, Jan Rehmann, Thomas Sablowski, Peter Schyga, Victor Strazzeri, Peter D. Thomas, André Tosel, Michael Vester, Lise Vogel, and Victor Wallis.
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Wolfgang Fritz Haug, Dr., Dr.h.c., professor of philosophy (retired) at Free University Berlin. He published many monographs, i.e. on Philosophy of Praxis, Hightech-Capitalism, Plural Marxism. His Critique of Commodity Aesthetics appeared in English in 1986 (University of Minnesota Press).

Frigga Haug, Dr., Dr.h.c., professor of sociology (retired) at Hamburg University. She published many monographs, i.e. on Marxism-Feminism and Rosa Luxemburg. She is the author of Female Sexualization (Verso, 1987) and Beyond female masochism: memory-work and politics (Verso, 1980).

Peter Jehle, Dr., associate professor of Romance Studies at Potsdam University. He is a co-editor of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks in German and published monographs on Gramsci, Werner Krauss, and Cultural Hegemony in the French and Spanish Enlightenment.

Wolfgang Küttler, Dr. Dr., led the department Theory and Methodology of Historical Science at the Central Institute for History (Academy of Sciences, GDR). He published many monographs, i.e. on formation theory in the late Karl Marx and in Lenin, on the philosophy of history and methodology of historiography.
For(e)ward: An Invitation
Wolfgang Fritz Haug
From the Preface to the First Volume of the HKWM
About This Edition
Konstantin Baehrens, Juha Koivisto and Victor Strazzeri
Abbreviations and Scribal Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors

1 Action Potence, Agency
Rinse Reeling Brouwer

2 Anticolonialism
Samir Amin

3 Being a Marxist
Wolfgang Fritz Haug

4 Capitalist Mode of Production
Wolfgang Fritz Haug

5 Class in Itself/for Itself
Michael Vester

6 Communism
André Tosel

7 Cook
Frigga Haug

8 Crisis Theories
Thomas Sablowski

9 Cybertariat
Mario Candeias

10 Dialectics
Wolfgang Fritz Haug

11 Domestic-Labour Debate
Lise Vogel

12 Fanonism
William W. Hansen

13 Gender Relations
Frigga Haug

14 Hacker
Christof Ohm

15 Hegemony
Wolfgang Fritz Haug

16 Historicism, Absolute
Peter Thomas

17 Historical-Critical
Wolfgang Fritz Haug

18 Hope
Jan Rehmann

19 Imperialism
Jan Otto Andersson

20 Intellectuals
Alex Demirovic and Peter Jehle

21 International Division of Labour
Mario Candeias

22 Kronstadt Rebellion
Lutz-Dieter Behrendt

23 Land Seizure, Land Grab
Klaus Dörre

24 Lenin’s Marxism
Wolfgang Küttler

25 Limits to Growth
Peter Schyga and Victor Wallis

26 Luxemburg-Gramsci Line
Frigga Haug

27 Mariáteguism
Eleonore von Oertzen

28 Marxism-Feminism
Frigga Haug

29 Theory of Ideology
Jan Rehmann

30 Theses on Feuerbach
Wolfgang Fritz Haug

Afterword: An Open-Ended Project in Global Marxism
Victor Strazzeri

References to the Original Publications
Index of Names
The dictionary is a resource for academics, scholars, students, as well as practitioners such as trade unionists and political party activists, for educational institutions and other organisations of social movements.
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