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Timothy Snyder presents the life and thought of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz, an important Polish intellectual at the begninning of the 20th century. During his brief life in Poland, Paris, and Vienna, Kelles-Krauz influenced or infuriated most of the leaders of the various socialist movements of Central Europe and France. His central ideas ultimately were not accepted by the so Timothy Snyder presents the life and thought of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz, an important Polish intellectual at the begninning of the 20th century. During his brief life in Poland, Paris, and Vienna, Kelles-Krauz influenced or infuriated most of the leaders of the various socialist movements of Central Europe and France. His central ideas ultimately were not accepted by the socialist mainstream at the time of his death. However, 90 years later, we see that his theories anticipated late-20th-century thought on the importance of nationalism as a social force and the parameters of socialism in political theory and praxis. Kelles-Krauz was one of the only theoreticians of his age to advocate Jewish and Ukranian national rights as being equivalent to, for example, Polish national rights, and he correctly foresaw the struggle for national sovereignty as being central to future events in Europe.


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Timothy Snyder presents the life and thought of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz, an important Polish intellectual at the begninning of the 20th century. During his brief life in Poland, Paris, and Vienna, Kelles-Krauz influenced or infuriated most of the leaders of the various socialist movements of Central Europe and France. His central ideas ultimately were not accepted by the so Timothy Snyder presents the life and thought of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz, an important Polish intellectual at the begninning of the 20th century. During his brief life in Poland, Paris, and Vienna, Kelles-Krauz influenced or infuriated most of the leaders of the various socialist movements of Central Europe and France. His central ideas ultimately were not accepted by the socialist mainstream at the time of his death. However, 90 years later, we see that his theories anticipated late-20th-century thought on the importance of nationalism as a social force and the parameters of socialism in political theory and praxis. Kelles-Krauz was one of the only theoreticians of his age to advocate Jewish and Ukranian national rights as being equivalent to, for example, Polish national rights, and he correctly foresaw the struggle for national sovereignty as being central to future events in Europe.

48 review for Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1872-1905)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kf

    I listened to this on audiobook after reading Snyder's Bloodlands. The narrator (Norman Dietz) was great and the biography was thorough, if dry. I'd never heard of Kelles-Krauz, described as a "Polish thinker" (to be described as a "thinker" should probably be a goal) and the intersection of nationalism and Marxism against a backdrop of pre-Soviet revolution caught my attention. Unfortunately, I was out of my league as Snyder goes deeper on the political and national issues of Kelles-Krauz's day I listened to this on audiobook after reading Snyder's Bloodlands. The narrator (Norman Dietz) was great and the biography was thorough, if dry. I'd never heard of Kelles-Krauz, described as a "Polish thinker" (to be described as a "thinker" should probably be a goal) and the intersection of nationalism and Marxism against a backdrop of pre-Soviet revolution caught my attention. Unfortunately, I was out of my league as Snyder goes deeper on the political and national issues of Kelles-Krauz's day more so than the details of the life of the Polish thinker. That's not a knock either; as the title makes it clear what Snyder will focus on. For me though, and I'd assume for others unfamiliar with Polish independence, the role of Russia in late 1800s Poland, and an alphabet soup of political party acronyms, this was a 301 course when I really needed the 101. Snyder's research and scholarship are top notch, but this was too advanced for a neophyte such as myself.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paige McLoughlin

    Who would have thought that a lot of second international Polish Socialists from the early 1900s would have such a vibrant philosophical and literary political culture? Awesome book on the life of Kazimierz Krauz a Polish Socialist thinker and activist who died in 1905 whose life in Poland made him think hard about the problems of worker solidarity of socialism and nationalist aspirations of the people of Poland so long abused by the German neighbor to the west and the Russian neighbor to the ea Who would have thought that a lot of second international Polish Socialists from the early 1900s would have such a vibrant philosophical and literary political culture? Awesome book on the life of Kazimierz Krauz a Polish Socialist thinker and activist who died in 1905 whose life in Poland made him think hard about the problems of worker solidarity of socialism and nationalist aspirations of the people of Poland so long abused by the German neighbor to the west and the Russian neighbor to the east. Of course, this was before the disasters of the 30s and 40s but Krauz was ahead of his time and had his antennae tuned to this tension between nationalism and socialism that would leave pockmarks in much of the world and cause turmoil to this day. Excellent biography a thinker who should get more press.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Tubbs

    I was not familiar with Kelles-Krauz nor with much of the social movements during his time in Europe, therefore, the reading was hard work overall. A second reading would I am sure reap more benefits.

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