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Rosa Luxemburg and the Struggle for Democratic Renewal


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A Note to the Reader
Part I: Taking History as it Comes
1. The Long Apprenticeship
2. Entering History
Part II: The World Upside Down
3. Political Struggle
4. Political Agency
5. Political Purpose
Part III: Thinking Differently
6. History is Now
7. The Long Revolution
Coda: 'I Was I Am I Shall Be'

About the Author

Jon Nixon is Honorary Professor within the Education University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, UK. He has written widely on cultural and intellectual history. His recent books include Hans-Georg Gadamer: The Hermeneutical Imagination (Springer, 2017), Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Friendship (Bloomsbury, 2015), Higher Education and the Public Good (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Rosa Luxemburg and the Struggle for Democratic Renewal (Pluto, 2018).


'An authoritative book that offers a compelling insight into the life and work of Rosa Luxemburg. Meticulously researched, this book showcases Nixon's breadth of scholarship, insight and critical imagination ... A significant contribution to the field of intellectual history' -- Tanya Fitzgerald, La Trobe University
'Jon Nixon's absorbing encounter with Rosa Luxemburg's controversial legacy is at once a scholarly and thoroughly enjoyable reading of this remarkable thinker of 'the political'... and a timely reminder that Luxemburg's iconoclastic voice should play a decisive role in critical discussions of global politics today' -- Patrick Hayden, Professor of Political Theory and International Relations, University of St Andrews
'Nixon is a superb biographical historian where he examines Luxemburg's life, and the story reaches through history to speak to us today. A book that is a must for all those who are committed to social justice and democracy, but recognise the challenges involve' -- Professor Helen Gunter, The University of Manchester
'Jon Nixon provides us with a very well-written and detailed examination of Rosa Luxemburg and the historical and current importance of her work. This is a fine introduction to a compelling historical figure' -- Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of Can Education Change Society?

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