Hope and Marxism


Hope and Marxism
Historical and Theoretical Essays


ISBN 978-0-902869-41-7 (print)
e-ISBN 978-0-902869-42-4 (e-book)

RRP: £15, €18, $20 (print)
RRP: £9.99, €11.99, $13.99 (e-book)

306 pages; 140x216mm.

Publication date: February 2023


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About the book

This book collects essays exploring Marxist theory and history. Most of the texts are newly translated. Essays include historical examinations of Rosa Luxemburg’s place in the German workers movement, the development of the bourgeois state, and of the roots of Nazi violence. Other chapters discuss Marx’s notions of progress, alienation and emancipation, Luxemburg’s views on political economy and political strategy. Also included are engagements with Ernst Bloch, analytical Marxism and Althusser, as well as a pioneering essay on Marxism and ecology. Together, the texts in this book demonstrate Mandel’s use of an open Marxism to investigate theoretical and historical problems.

Hope and Marxism: Selected Theoretical Essays is the third in a series of selected writings by Ernest Mandel. The first volume is Introduction to Marxist Theory and the second is Marxists Against Stalinism (A debate with Chris Harman with a Preface by Paul Le Blanc).


About the author

Ernest Mandel (1923-1995) was an activist as well as a theorist, and a leading figure in the Fourth International.  He is perhaps most widely known for his economic analyses, presented in Marxist Economic Theory (1968), The Formation of the Economic Thought of Karl Marx (1971), Late Capitalism (1975), Long Waves of Capitalist Development (1978), as well as his substantial introductions to the three volumes of Marx’s Capital.



  • Introduction
  • Althusser corrects Marx
  • The causes of alienation
  • Rosa Luxemburg and German Social Democracy
  • The dialectic of growth
  • Rosa Luxemburg and political economy
  • We must dream. anticipation and hope as categories of Historical Materialism
  • A critique of Eurocommunism
  • On the class nature of the capitalist state
  • Emancipation, science and politics in Karl Marx
  • How to make no sense of Marx
  • The origins of National Socialism. singularity and repeatability of the Nazi crimes

Published by
Resistance Books, London (resistancebooks.org) and
the International Institute for Research and Education, Amsterdam (iire.org)