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Selected writings on feminism and socialism
Braun, Lily.
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Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1987]

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xviii, 238 pages ; 24 cm
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HX546 .B72 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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ÒAn excellent introduction to an early socialist . . . Ó ÑThe Book ReaderÒI thank Alfred Meyer for making Lily Braun available to us again.Ó ÑDiane Shooman, WomenÕs Studies International ForumThis anthology makes available for the first time in English a sampling of the writings of Lily Braun (1865Ð1916), a prominent German feminist and socialist whose ideas were ahead of her time. A companion volume to MeyerÕs fine intellectual biography of Braun, this book underlines the relevance of BraunÕs ideas to the concerns of the womenÕs movement of our own day.

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As a sequel to his intellectual biography of Lily Braun (The Feminism and Socialism of Lily Braun, CH, Jun '86), Meyer has now provided an interesting selection of her works in translation. As one of the most active feminist writers and speakers in Germany in the early years of this century, Braun deserves to be better known. Unlike her contemporary and frequent opponent, the more famous Klara Zetkin, Braun was a feminist who refused to place the needs of socialism before the cause of women. As such, she has much to say that is useful to contemporary feminists who are struggling with similar problems of political priorities. However, relatively few of the pieces selected here for translation deal with issues of practical feminist politics. For example, Braun's lengthy discussion of great women of the past seems outdated and uninteresting compared to her more visionary discussion of changes in women's paid work and housework. It is particularly regrettable that her political writings, especially those directed against Zetkin, are given only a few pages. Meyer's introduction is an excellent orientation to Braun and the issues of her times, but he offers less annotation than would be ideal to explain some of her now obscure references. All in all, a useful introduction to Braun's own thinking, but not the contribution to the lively literature over the ``unhappy marriage'' of feminism and socialism that it might well have been. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-M.M. Ferree, University of Connecticut