The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

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By (author) Karl Marx, By (author) Friedrich Engels, Edited by Gareth Stedman Jones

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140447571
  • ISBN 13: 9780140447576
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: index, notes
  • Sales rank: 6,234

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A rousing call to arms whose influence is still felt today, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' "The Communist Manifesto" is edited with an introduction by Gareth Stedman-Jones in "Penguin Classics". Marx and Engels' revolutionary summons to the working classes, "The Communist Manifesto" is one of the most important political theories ever formulated. After four years of collaboration, they produced an incisive account of their idea of Communism, in which they envisage a society without classes, private property or a state, arguing that the exploitation of industrial workers will eventually lead to a revolution in which Capitalism is overthrown. This vision provided the theoretical basis of political systems in Russia, China, Cuba and Eastern Europe, affecting the lives of millions. "The Communist Manifesto" still remains a landmark text: a work that continues to influence and provoke debate on capitalism and class. Gareth Stedman Jones' extensive and scholarly introduction provides an unique assessment of the place of "The Communist Manifesto" in history, and its continuing relevance as a depiction of global capitalism. This edition reproduces Samuel Moore's translation of 1888 and contains a guide to further reading, notes and an index. Karl Marx (1818-1883) was born in Trier, Germany and studied law at Bonn and Berlin. He settled in London, where he studied economics and wrote the first volume of his major work, "Das Kapital" (1867, with two further volumes in 1884 and 1894). He is buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), as well as his collaboration with Marx, was the author of "The Condition of the Working Class in England" (1845), based on personal observations and research. If you enjoyed "The Communist Manifesto", you might like Marx's Capital, also available in "Penguin Classics". "The words of the "Communist Manifesto" flare like the fiery writing on the wall above the crumbling bastions of capitalist society: socialism or barbarism!". (Rosa Luxemburg).

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Karl Marx was born in Trier, Germany and studied law at Bonn and Berlin. In 1848, with Freidrich Engels, he finalized the COMMUNIST MANIFETO. He settled in London, where he studied economics and wrote the first volume of his major work, DAS KAPITAL(1867, two further volumes were added in 1884 and 1894). He is buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. Friedrich Engles was born in Barmen, Germany. From 1842 he lived mostly in England. Gareth Stedman Jones is Professor of Political Science in the History Faculty of Cambridge University and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He is also a Director of the Centre of History and Economics at Cambridge. His publications inlcude Outcast London and Languages of Class.

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By Andrew Parnell 25 Jun 2009 2

I bought this expecting to find Karl Marx and Engel's work a good read.

Instead, I found that 90% of the pages are taken up by a critique, by a non-marxist academic, who seems to wish to pull it apart as a polemic piece of propaganda! If I wanted to read what a neo-liberal thinks of Marxist works, I would go read the Daily Mail...advice to readers, don't bother buying it, there are plenty of other versions around that give the majority of the book to Marx and Engels than a useless 'academic'.

Its only saving grace is the various editions towards the back of the book.

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction: the reception of the manifesto; the "spectre of communism"; the communist league; Engels' contribution; Marx's contribution - prologue; the young Hegelians; from republicanism to communism; political economy and "the true natural history of man"; the impact of Stirner; communism; conclusion; a guide to further reading. Part 2 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - the communist manifesto: bourgeois and proletarians; proletarians and communists; socialist and communist literature; position of the communists in relation to the various existing opposition parties.