Communist Manifesto A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document

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ISBN-13: 9781931859257
Edition: 2005 (Annotated)
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 210
Size: 7.75" wide x 7.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

"What is globalization? Here is one of the best answers. It is the constant revolutionizing of production' and the endless disturbance of all social conditions.' It is everlasting uncertainty.' Everything fixed and frozen' is swept away, ' and all that is solid melts into air.' Yes, you have read this before. It is from "The Communist Manifesto, by Messrs. Marx and Engels."-"The New York Times Here, at last, is an authoritative introduction to history's most important political document, with the full text of "The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels. This beautifully organized and presented edition of "The Communist Manifesto is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader. Since it was first written in 1848, the "Manifesto has been translated into more languages than any other modern text. It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared "dead." But year after year, the text only grows more influential, remaining required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics, and history. "Apart from Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species," notes the "Los Angeles Times, the "Manifesto "is arguably the most important work of nonfiction written in the 19th century." "The Washington Post calls Marx "an astute critic of capitalism." Writing in "The New York Times, Columbia University Professor Steven Marcus describes the "Manifesto as a "masterpiece" with "enduring insights into social existence." "The New Yorker recently described Karl Marx as "The Next Thinker" for our era. This book will show readers why. Phil Gasper is aprofessor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in northern California. He writes extensively on politics and the philosophy of science and is a frequent contributor to "CounterPunch.

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.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: History's Most Important Political Document
Marxism in a Nutshell
The Annotated Communist Manifesto
Preamble
Bourgeois and Proletarians
Proletarians and Communists
Socialist and Communist Literature
Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties
Additional Materials
Afterword: Is the Manifesto Still Relevant?
Prefaces from Later Editions
The 1872 German Edition
The 1882 Russian Edition
The 1883 German Edition
The 1888 English Edition
Engels' The Principles of Communism
Other Writings by Marx and Engels
Marx on Alienation
Demands of the Communist Party in Germany, March 1848
The Materialist Conception of History
History and Revolution
Colonialism, Racism, Slavery, and the Origins of Capitalism
On the Irish Question
The Paris Commune
The Transition to Communism
The Realm of Necessity and the Realm of Freedom
Women's Oppression and Women's Liberation
The Emergence of Classes and the State
Marx's Legacy
Study and Discussion Questions
A Note on the Translation
Further Reading
Glossary
References
Index

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