The first English translation of Karl Kautsky’s 1898 text, ‘Past and Recent Colonial Policy’ – translated by Ben Lewis and myself and featuring a highly critical introduction by Mike Macnair – is now available here.
This is what Moshé Machover, author of Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Resolution, says about the book:
‘This book is a must-read for every Marxist. Mike Macnair’s Introduction is a penetrating and erudite reexamination not only of Kautsky’s view of colonialism, but also of the whole tradition of Marxist thought on imperialism, which was influenced, and partly misled, by it. Macnair provides a fresh critical reflection on the classical Marxist literature on the subject, from Hilferding to Lenin, the policies of Comintern and the Leninist tradition. And there are vital lessons for today. It is a tour de force.’