If you are having trouble with the NLR website, please provide details here, and we will try to improve the site accordingly.
Gareth Stedman Jones
The Marxism of the Early Lukács: an Evaluation
Nearly half a century after its original publication in Germany, Georg Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness  has at last become available in English. Those who now read the book for the first time may find its contents surprising. For the notoriety of this forbidden volume of the early Communist movement seems incommensurate at first sight with the familiarity of many of its themes. Despite the formal difficulty of Lukács’s language, contemporary readers are likely to find themselves at home with most of the central leitmotifs in the book. For in one form or another, these have by now become part of the common intellectual universe of a large part of the left in the advanced capitalist world. But to say this is not to imply that the themes developed by Lukács some fifty years ago and today diffused so generally among socialist intellectuals, are self-explanatory truths or even manifest axioms of Marxism. If they are treated as such, it is because of a second surprising feature of History and Class Consciousness—the virtual absence in almost fifty years of any comprehensive or coherent critique of the book.
Subscribe for just £35 and get free access to the archive
Please login on the left to read more or buy the article for £3