Sinistra Publishing takes on Engels and the Foundations of Socialist Governance

This year is of course the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Engels (on 28 November). It is also the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of Australia, of which I happen to be a member.

So I am extremely pleased to announce that Sinistra Publishing will publish my book, Friedrich Engels and the Foundations of Socialist Governance. Who is Sinistra Publishing? It is a small publishing house in Australia that ‘aims to bring original, refreshing socialist perspectives from across the globe to an English-speaking audience’. It shot to fame in the not-so-distant past by obtaining the rights to translate and publish Domenico Losurdo’s great book, Stalin: The History and Critique of a Black Legend (see my earlier review of book here).

But given that this year is an anniversary in honour of Engels, the book will also appear in Chinese with Renmin University Press in China, as well as in the form of four abridged articles in the Turkish journal İştirakî (Socialism). Hopefully, there will be Portuguese versions of these articles as well, to be published in Brazil.

All of this is quite humbling, since as a rather solitary scholar I often find few avenues to speak and to make my research known. Thankyou to all of these comrades.

4 thoughts on “Sinistra Publishing takes on Engels and the Foundations of Socialist Governance

    1. Many thanks, Pete. It is one of my typical books, with copious references to everything Engels ever wrote on the state and governance. A bit tedious for some, but the advantage with this approach is that I usually stumble across material that has been conveniently ignored – such as Engels’s increasing emphasis in his last years on the necessity of the dictatorship of the proletariat, against those who would water it down or dismiss it altogether. More interesting, however, was finding in material from the late 1880s and early 1890s quite a lot on the possible forms of socialist governance.

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