Communist Manifesto With Related Documents

ISBN-10: 0312157118
ISBN-13: 9780312157111
Edition: 1999
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Description: A 30 page introduction traces the trajectory of Marx's thought from the 1840s onward and provides background on the political, social and intellectual contexts of which the Manifesto was an historical project.

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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/28/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

A 30 page introduction traces the trajectory of Marx's thought from the 1840s onward and provides background on the political, social and intellectual contexts of which the Manifesto was an historical project.

Karl Heinrich Marx, one of the fathers of communism, was born on May 5, 1818 in Trier, Germany. He was educated at a variety of German colleges, including the University of Jena. He was an editor of socialist periodicals and a key figure in the Working Man's Association. Marx co-wrote his best-known work, "The Communist Manifesto" (1848), with his friend, Friedrich Engels. Marx's most important work, however, may be "Das Kapital" (1867), an analysis of the economics of capitalism. He died on March 14, 1883 in London, England.

Friedrich Engels is perhaps best remembered as the confidant, colleague, and benefactor of Karl Marx. Engels was born into a Calvinist family on November 28, 1820. The family owned fabric mills in the Rhineland and had business interests in Manchester, England, Engels joined the family business at age 16; he never had a formal university education. Despite his family's industrial background, Engels was sympathetic to the poverty of the working masses. At age 18 he published an attack on industrial poverty, and later joined the Hegelian movement that so influenced Marx and bothered conservative Prussian authorities. Engels first met Marx in 1842, while Marx was editor of a radical newspaper in Cologne. However, they did not establish their lifelong friendship until they met again in Paris two years later. Engels published several works related to economics, the first of which, Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy (1844), attempted to reconcile Hegelian philosophy with the principles of political economy. His second book, The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845), was a damning description and condemnation of the poverty generated by the Industrial Revolution. Engels also co-authored three major works with Marx, the most important being the Communist Manifesto (1948). Engels also wrote several historical works, which are more important to historians than to economists. These include The Peasant War in Germany (1850), Germany: Revolution and Counter-Revolution (1851), and The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884). In general, these works are more descriptive than theoretical, and they closely parallel Marx's views on industrialization and class struggle. In addition to being a friend of Marx, Engels was his prime benefactor for a number of years. During their early years in London, beginning in 1849, the Marx family was nearly destitute, and it was only through the generosity of Engels that they prevailed. Engels was also responsible for the publication of Marx's Das Kapital. Before his death, Marx was only able to complete the first volume of this work, and so Engels edited and arranged for the publication of the last two volumes after Marx's death. Engels was an engaging and thoughtful writer. It was perhaps his great fortune and misfortune that he was connected so closely to Marx. On the one hand, he was responsible for bringing much of Marx's work to fruition in his role as benefactor and editor. On the other hand, the shadow of Marx eclipsed some of the exposure that Engels's own ideas and contributions might have had. Engels died of throat cancer in London, 1895. Following cremation at Woking Crematorium, his ashes were scattered off Beachy Head, near Eastbourne as he had requested.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Historical Contexts of the Communist Manifesto
The Immediate Historical Contexts of the Manifesto
Historical Premises of the Manifesto
Specters of Politics and Ideology
From the Manifesto to Capital: The Lessons of History and the Laws of History
The Document
Note on the Text
Manifesto of the Communist Party
Related Documents
A Credo for the Communist League
Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith, June 9, 1847
From Confession to Manifesto
A Letter to Karl Marx, November 23/24, 1847
Lessons from England: The Nature and Impact of the Industrial Revolution
The Condition of the Working Class in England, 1845
Utopian Socialism and the Principle of Cooperation
Report to the County of Lanark, 1820
Utopian Socialism and the Science of Attraction
The Theory of the Four Movements and of the General Destinies, 1808
Utopian Socialism and the Labor Process: Fourier on Attractive Labor
The Theory of Universal Unity, 1841-1843
Utopian Socialism and the Labor as the Core of Social Exchange
Report to the County of Lanark, 1820
The People's Charter
The Six Points of the People's Charter, 1838
Chartist "Socialism"
Private Property, 1841
Hegel on Freedom
Reason in History: A General Introduction to the Philosophy of History, 1837
Marx and the Momentum of Emancipation
Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law, 1844
The Critique of Political Emancipation
On the Jewish Question, 1843
The Principle of Sensuous Existence
Principles of the Philosophy of the Future, 1843
Alienated Labor
The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, 1844
Constructing a Historial Materialism
Theses on Feuerbach, 1845
The Premises of a Marxian Theory of History
The German Ideology, 1845-1846
Marx and the Lessons of Revolution I
The Class Struggles in France, 1848-1850, 1852
Marx and Lessons of the Revolution II
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, 1852
The Impact of Revolutionary Failure: The Collapse of Working-Class Politics
Inaugural Address of the Working Men's International Association, October 1864
The Return to Hegel
Afterword to the Second German Edition of Capitol, 1873
The Hidden Reality of Bourgeois Society
The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof, 1867
Engels on Marx's Legacy
Speech at Karl Marx's Funeral, March 1883
Appendices
Chronology for the Historical Contexts of the Manifesto (1765-1895)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
Index

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