By Franz Jakubowski
Ideology and Superstructure was written at a time - in the inter-war years when Marxism existed almost entirely in its Stalinist form. The author set out to reintroduce the centrality of the Hegelian dialectic into Marx's method and to elaborate the concept of praxis.
In the same period, only Lukacs and Korsch attempted to deal systematically with these problems, and it is they who are generally recognised as the main inspiration behind what is called Western Marxism, yet FRANZ JAKUBOWSKI is a key figure in the development of Marxist thought. And, unlike the others, Jakubowski was also an activist, and for this reason avoids the unnecessarily dense language of his fellow theoreticians.
Ideology and Superstructure is rare in that it successfully conveys complex problems in a simple and straight forward form. At a time when the literature on Marx has become excessively obscurantist, Jakubowski's work serves as a useful antidote, and is an ideal text for introducing novices to the basics of Marxist theory.