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This edition of the leading anthology provides the essential writings of Marx and Engels—those works necessary for an introduction to Marxist thought and ideology. The volume is arranged to show both the chronological and the thematic development of the two great thinkers. Selections range in coverage from history, society, and economics, to politics, philosophy, and the strategy and tactics of social revolution.
'A groundbreaking work of economic analysis. It is also a literary masterpice' Francis Wheen, Guardian
One of the most notorious and influential works of modern times, Capital is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates. Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis. Arguing that capitalism would cause an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, he predicted its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production. Capital rapidly acquired readership throughout the world, to become a work described by Marx's collaborator Friedrich Engels as 'the Bible of the working class'.
Translated by BEN FOWKES with an Introduction by ERNEST MANDEL
Featuring the most important and enduring works from Marx's enormous corpus, this collection ranges from the Hegelian idealism of his youth to the mature socialism of his later works. Organized both topically and in rough chronological order, the selections (many of them in the translations of Loyd D. Easton and Kurt H. Guddat) include writings on historical materialism, excerpts from Capital, and political works.
Few writers have had a more demonstrable impact on the development of the modern world than has Karl Marx (1818-1883). Born in Trier into a middle-class Jewish family in 1818, by the time of his death in London in 1883, Marx claimed a growing international reputation.
Of central importance then and later was his book Das Kapital, or, as it is known to English readers, simply Capital. Volume One of Capital was published in Paris in 1867 and is included in this edition. This was the only volume published during Marx’s lifetime and the only to have come directly from his pen. Volume Two, available as a separate Wordsworth eBook, was published in 1884, and was based on notes Marx left, but written by his friend and collaborator, Friedrich Engels (1820-1895).
Readers from the nineteenth century to the present have been captivated by the unmistakable power and urgency of this classic of world literature. Marx’s critique of the capitalist system is rife with big themes: his theory of ‘surplus value’, his discussion of the exploitation of the working class, and his forecast of class conflict on a grand scale. Marx wrote with purpose. As he famously put it, ‘Philosophers have previously tried to explain the world, our task is to change it.’
With its message of working-class empowerment and call for unity, The Communist Manifesto endures as one of history’s most influential, visionary, and controversial documents. Intending to rouse readers from their indifference, authors Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels demanded the end of proletariat exploitation and called for the overthrow of the oppressive bourgeois ruling class. It was a blueprint for an uncompromising new direction that would serve as the spark for the socialist uprising in the late 1800s.
Today, The Communist Manifesto reverberates fully and fittingly in the polarized political climate of the twenty-first century.
Revised edition: Previously published as The Communist Manifesto, this edition of The Communist Manifesto (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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CRITIQUE OF HEGEL’S PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT, 1843
ON THE JEWISH QUESTION, 1843
THE HOLY FAMILY, 1845
THESES ON FEUERBACH, 1845
THE POVERTY OF PHILOSOPHY, 1847
WAGE LABOUR AND CAPITAL, 1847
MANIFESTO OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY, 1848
THE CLASS STRUGGLES IN FRANCE, 1850
ADDRESS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO THE COMMUNIST LEAGUE
THE EIGHTEENTH BRUMAIRE OF LOUIS NAPOLEON, 1852
A CONTRIBUTION TO THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 1859
MARX’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS
THE CIVIL WAR IN FRANCE, 1871
CRITIQUE OF THE GOTHA PROGRAM, 1875
MR. GEORGE HOWELL’S HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORKING-MEN’S ASSOCIATION
NOTES ON ADOLPH WAGNER, 1883
SECRET DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
REVOLUTION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION
THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF KARL MARX by Max Beer
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY by Eduard Bernstein
ENGELS’ SPEECH AT THE GRAVE OF KARL MARX by Friedrich Engels
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