– Publications and Resources

NB: All titles are listed in chronological order within each section.

Biographies and Studies

Paul Frolich, Rosa Luxemburg (London: Victor Gollancz, 1940)

Tony Cliff, Rosa Luxemburg (London, 1959)

J. P. Nettl, Rosa Luxemburg (2 vols) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1966)

Lelio Basso, D. Parmee (trans.), Rosa Luxemburg; A Reappraisal (London, 1975)

Norman Geras, The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg (London: Lowe & Brydone, 1976)

Elzbieta Ettinger, Rosa Luxemburg; A Life (London: Harrap, 1979)

Stephen Eric Bronner, Rosa Luxemburg; A Revolutionary for our Times (London: Pluto Press, 1981)

Richard Abraham, Rosa Luxemburg; A Life for the International (UK, USA & Germany: Berg Publishers, 1989)

Raya Dunayevskaya, Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution (Illinois, USA, 1991)

Andrea Nye, Philosophia; the thought of Rosa Luxemburg, Simone Weil and Hannah Arendt (UK: Routledge, 1994)

Annelies Laschitza, In Lebensrausch, Trotz Alledem: Rosa Luxemburg: Eine Biographie (Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, 1996) (in German)

Donald Shephardson, Rosa Luxemburg and the Noble Dream (New York: Peter Lang, 1996)

Mathilde Jacob, Rosa Luxemburg; An Intimate Portrait (London, 2000)

Harry Harmer, Rosa Luxemburg (UK: Haus, 2008)

Jorn Schutrumpf, Rosa Luxemburg or: The Price of Freedom (Berlin: Karl Dietz Verlag/ Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, 2008)

Chapters and Articles

György Lukács, ‘The Marxism of Rosa Luxemburg’ in György Lukács, History and Class Consciousness (1923)

H. Schurer ‘Some Reflections on Rosa Luxemburg and the Bolshevik Revolution’ in The Slavonic and East European Review, vol. 40, no. 95 (June 1962), 356- 72

F. L. Carsten, ‘Freedom and Revolution: Rosa Luxemburg’ in L. Labedz (ed.), Revisionsim (London, 1964)

Hannah Arendt, ‘Rosa Luxemburg: 1871- 1919’ in Hannah Arendt, Men in Dark Times (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1968)

Michael Lowy, ‘Rosa Luxemburg: A Re-assessment’ in New Left Review, no. 101- 02, Jan- Apr 1977

A. Walicki, ‘Rosa Luxemburg and the Question of Nationalism in Polish Marxism, 1893- 1914′ in The Slavonic and East European Review, vol. 16, no. 4, 1983, 565- 82

Jack Jacobs, ’A Familial Resemblance: Rosa Luxemburg, Polish Maskilim and the Origins of Her Perspective’ in Jack Jacobs, On Socialists and the Jewish Question After Marx (New York: New York University, 1992)

Naomi Shepherd, ‘Eight Candles on the Christmas Tree: Rosa Luxemburg as a Woman and Jew’ in Naomi Shepherd, A Price Below Rubies; Jewish Women as Rebels and Radicals (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1993)

Eric D. Weitz, ‘”Rosa Luxemburg Belongs to Us!” German Communism and the Luxemburg Legacy’ in Central European History, vol. 27, no. 1 (1994), 27- 64

Ottokar Luban, ‘Rosa Luxemburg’s Fight for Peace’ in Militarism and War: Rosa Luxemburg Political Education Progam 2004 (Johannesburg: Khanya College, 2004), 26- 35. At: http://www.ottokar-luban–rosa-luxemburg-forschung.de/Downloads/RL-Fight-for-Peace-5Ref-Johburg-May-2004.doc 

Ottokar Luban, ‘Rosa at a Loss. The KPD Leadership and the Berlin Uprising of January 1919. Legend and Reality.’ in Revolutionary History, vol. 8, no. 4 (London, 2004), 19- 45. At: http://www.ottokar-luban–rosa-luxemburg-forschung.de/Downloads/RLJan19-ENGL-Rev-Hist.doc

Ottokar Luban, ‘Rosa Luxemburg’s Concept of Basic Democratic Socialism’, presented to “News & Letters” Committee, Chicago, 30 Oct 2006. At: http://www.ottokar-luban–rosa-luxemburg-forschung.de/Downloads/RL-DemocracyConcept-Amherst-kor3-Peter.doc

Robert Wistrich, ‘Rosa Luxemburg, Polish Socialism and the Bund’ in Robert Wistrich, Laboratory for World Destruction; Germans and Jews in Central Europe (Lincoln, USA: University of Nebraska Press, 2007)

Ottokar Luban, ‘Rosa Luxemburg and the Revolutionary Antiwar Mass Strikes in Germany during World War I’ lecture delivered at ‘A Century of May Days: Labor and Social Struggles’ Conference in Chicago (2010). At: http://www.internationale-rosa-luxemburg-gesellschaft.de/Downloads/RL%20German%20Antiwar%20Mass%20Strikes%20-%20Chicago.doc

Ottokar Luban, ‘Rosa Luxemburg and the Founding of the Comminist International’ presented at Eighth Historical Materialism conference, London (Nov 2011). At: http://www.ottokar-luban–rosa-luxemburg-forschung.de/Downloads/RL-London%20Konf%20Komintern%20lecture%205.doc

Rory Castle, ‘Rosa Luxemburg, Her Family and the Origins of Her Polish-Jewish Identity’ in Praktyka Teoretyczna, no. 6 (2012), 93- 128


Rosa Luxemburg, E. Paul & C. Paul (trans.), Letters From Prison (Berlin- Schoeneberg: Young International, 1923) and (London: Socialist Book Centre, 1946)

Rosa Luxemburg, Prison Letters to Sophie Liebknecht (London: Independent Labour Party, 1972)

Rosa Luxemburg, Luise Kautsky (ed.), L. P. Lochner (trans.), Letters to Karl and Luise Kautsky from 1896 to 1918 (New York: Gordon Press, 1975)

Rosa Luxemburg, S. E. Bronner (ed.), The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1978)

Rosa Luxemburg, Elzbieta Ettinger (ed. and trans.), Comrade and Lover; Rosa Luxemburg’s letters to Leo Jogiches (Massachussets, USA & London: MIT Press, 1979)

Rosa Luxemburg, Gesammelte Briefe [Collected Letters], (vols 1-6) (Berlin: Institut fur Marxismus-Leninismus deim ZK der SED, Dietz Verlag), 1980s) (in German)

Rosa Luxemburg, Adler, Hudis & Laschitza (eds.), The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (London & New York: Verso, 2011)


Rosa Luxemburg, A. Laschitza & G. Radczun (eds.), Gesammelte Werke [Collected Works]  (5 vols.) (East Berlin: Dietz Verlag, 1970s) (in German)

Rosa Luxemburg, M. A. Walters (ed.), Rosa Luxemburg Speaks (New York: Pathdfinder, 1970)

Rosa Luxemburg, D. Howard (ed.), Selected Political Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1971)

Rosa Luxemburg, W. D. Graf (ed.), Selected Political Writings (London: Cape, 1972)

Rosa Luxemburg, Horace B. Davies (ed.), The National Question: Selected Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (New York & London: Monthly Review Press, 1976)

Rosa Luxemburg, Paul Le Blanc (ed.), Rosa Luxemburg; Reflections and Writings (New York: Humanity Books, 1999)

Rosa Luxemburg, T. Kowalik (ed.) & A. Schwarzschild (trans.), The Accumulation of Capital (London: Routledge, 2004)

Rosa Luxemburg, P. Hudis & K. Anderson (eds.), The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2004)

Rosa Luxemburg, Revolutionary History (ed.), Rosa Luxemburg; Selected Political and Literary Writings (Pontypool, UK: Merlin Press, 2009)

Online Resources

A great number of Rosa Luxemburg’s works are available for free online at the Marxists Internet Archive (MIA):

Marxists Internet Archive-  Rosa Luxemburg Library:http://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/index.htm

Follow the links below straight to MIA:

1894: What Are the Origins of May Day?
1896: The Polish Question at the International Congress in London
1896: Social Democracy and the National Struggles in Turkey
1898: The Industrial Development of Poland
1898: Opportunism and the art of the possible
1898: Speeches to Stuttgart Congress
1899: Speech to the Hanover Congress
1899: The Dreyfus Affair and the Millerand Case
1899: Militia and Militarism
1900: Reform or Revolution
1901: The Socialist Crisis in France
1901: To the National Council of the French Worker’s Party
1902: Martinique
1902: The Eight Hour Day at the Party Congress
1903: An anti-clerical policy of Socialism
1903: In Memory of the Proletarian Party
1903: Marxist Theory and the Proletariat
1903: Stagnation and Progress of Marxism
1903: Lassalle and the Revolution
1904: In the Storm
1904: Social Democracy and Parliamentarism
1904: Organizational Questions of the Russian Social Democracy [aka Leninism or Marxism?]
1905: The Polish Question and the Socialist Movement
1905: The Revolution in Russia
1905: Socialism and the Churches
1906: The Mass Strike
1906: Riot and Revolution
1906: Blanquism and Social Democracy
1907: Two Methods of Trade-Union Policy
1908: 25th anniversary of Marx’s death
1908: Speech to Nuremburg Congress
1909: The National Question
1909: Special Problems of Poland
1910: The Next Step
1910: Theory & Practice [A polemic against Comrade Kautsky’s theory of the Mass Strike]
1911: Concerning Morocco
1911: Peace Utopias
1911: Mass Action
1911: An Amusing Misunderstanding
1911: To the Unity Conference of the Socialist Organisations in Manchester
1912: Women’s Suffrage and Class Struggle
1912: The Fallen Women of Liberalism
1912: What Now?
1913: The Idea of May Day on the March
1913: Down With Reformist Illusions—Hail the Revolutionary Class Struggle!
1913: The Political Mass Strike
1913: Lassalle’s Legacy
1913: The Accumulation of Capital
1915: The Accumulation of Capital: An Anti-Critique
1915: Rebuilding the International
1915: The Junius Pamphlet (The Crisis of Social Democracy)
1916: Either/Or
1917: The Old Mole
1918: The Russian Revolution
1918: Life of Korolenko
1918: The Russian tragedy
1918: Oh! How – German is this Revolution!
1918: The Beginning
1918: A Duty of Honor (Alternate translation: Against Capital Punishment)
1918: The National Assembly
1918: A Call to the Workers of the World
1918: The Acheron in Motion
1918: Five letters from prison
1916-1918: Letters from Prison to Sophie Liebknecht
1918: The Socialisation of Society (Alternate Translation: What is Bolshevism?)
1918: What does the Spartacus League Want?
1918: The Elections to the National Assembly
1918: Our Program and the Political Situation (Alternate Translation: On the Spartacus Programme
1919: What are the Leaders Doing?
1919: House of Cards
1919: Order Prevails in Berlin
After Death: What is Economics? (PF)

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