A Search for Socialism

A Search for Socialism

Henry Pachter was both a historical scholar who combined an unusual breadth of horizon with deep originality of thought, and a profoundly engaged, lifelong socialist. It is therefore fitting that this second collection of his essays to appear after his death should be called Socialism in History. But it seems to me also appropriate that a discussion of this book in the magazine for which he wrote for many years, and which shared and still shares his commitment to critical and independent socialist thought, should primarily deal with the question of just what that commitment meant to him.

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