Brentano, Lujo

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Brentano, Lujo


Born Dec. 18, 1844, in Aschaffenburg; died Sept. 9, 1931. German economist, one of the representatives of Katheder-Socialism.

From 1871, Brentano was a professor in Breslau, Strasbourg, Vienna, Leipzig, and, from 1891, Munich. His numerous researches were dedicated to problems of the labor movement, economic and social policy, and economic history. Brentano advocated a rejection of the class struggle and the possibility of resolution of social contradictions by means of the organization of reformist trade unions and factory legislation. V. I. Lenin characterized Brentano’s views as social liberalism, slightly touched up to look like Marxism (Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 21, p. 301). In the last years of his life, Brentano was an open apologist of imperialism.


Die Arbeitergilden der Gegenwart, vols. 1-2. Leipzig, 1871-72.
Die Arbeiterversicherung.… Leipzig, 1879.
Agrarpolitik. Stuttgart, 1897.
Versuch einer Theorie der Bedürfnisse. Munich, 1908.
Die Anfänge des modernen Kapitalismus. Munich, 1916.
Konkrete Grundbedingungen der Volkswirtschaft. Leipzig, 1924.
Eine Geschichte der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung Englands, vols. 1-3. Jena, 1927-28.


Engels, F. “Brentano contra Marks.” K. Marx and F. Engels, Soch., 2nd ed., vol. 22.
Engels, F. “Predislovie k chetvertomu izdaniiu.” Ibid., vol. 23, pp. 35-40.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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