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War on God! That is Progress!

Susan Watkins: Paul Lafargue and French socialism

13 May 1999
Paul Lafargue and the Flowering of French Socialism, 1882-1911 
by Leslie Derfler.
Harvard, 382 pp., £27.95, July 1998, 0 674 65912 0
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... Parti Ouvrier Français. In 1882 the Lafargues moved back to Paris to work for the new party and Paul set himself up, in Marx’s sardonic description, as ‘an oracle of socialisme scientifique’. LeslieDerfler’s biography, diligently researched in four languages although occasionally faltering in the narration, elucidates his role in the founding of the POF (an earlier volume covered the first ...

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