Karl Kautsky

Review of Algie Martin Simons’ Social Forces in American History


Source: Die Neue Zeit, Vol. 30, No.2 (1912), p.631.
Translated & transcribed by Daniel Gaido.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

It is not necessary to offer a description of the contents of this book [1] to the readers of the Die Neue Zeit. We have already published as a supplement, in 1909, a work by comrade Simons called Class Struggles in America, which contained the main ideas of the present work. [2] He has now expanded and polished that short overview, making it more clear and persuasive. It is to be desired that it will also appear in German. It is valuable both as an illustration of the fruitfulness of the materialist conception of history, and as a new building stone for the construction of a single universal materialist history, which is gradually reaching its completion. In its present form, the book presupposes that the reader is already acquainted with the most important facts of American history. But it should not be difficult for German readers to add by themselves the necessary information. They will receive therewith a quite clear overview of the history of the United States.



1. A.M. Simons, Social Forces in American History, New York: Macmillan, 1911.

2. Algie Martin Simons, Klassenkämpfe in der Geschichte Amerikas, Übersetzt von B.L., Die Neue Zeit, 28, 1 (1909), Ergänzungshefte, Heft 7, 40 pages. Original English version: Class Struggles in America, Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1907.


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