Geoffrey Kurtz is Associate Professor of Political Science at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. The author of Jean Jaurès: The Inner Life of Social Democracy (Penn State University Press, 2014), he has published essays and reviews in Dissent, Logos, New Political Science, and other journals.
A century ago nearly any American on the political Left would have known the name Jean Jaurès. Today, that pioneer of social democracy and martyr of French republicanism is less well remembered, at least in America. Luckily, his history of the French Revolution is now available in a new abridged translation.
Kurtz reminds supporters of Bernie Sanders of the “invisible” history of American socialism through a series of post-War texts. His hope is to rehabilitate this forgotten history, and to give Bernie supporters a common heritage for future organizing.