Friedrich Engels and Marxian Political Economy

Friedrich Engels and Marxian Political Economy

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This book rejects the commonly encountered perception of Friedrich Engels as perpetuator of a 'tragic deception' of Marx, and the equally persistent body of opinion treating him as 'his master's voice'. Engels' claim to recognition is reinforced by an exceptional contribution in the 1840s to the very foundations of the Marxian enterprise, a contribution entailing not only the 'vision' but some of the building blocks in the working out of that vision. Subsequently, he proved himself to be a sophisticated interpreter of the doctrine of historical materialism and an important contributor in his own right. This volume serves as a companion to Samuel Hollander's The Economics of Karl Marx (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
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  • 1139073508
  • 9781139073509

Table of contents

Prolegomena; 1. Engels' early contribution; 2. The surplus-value doctrine, Rodbertus' charge of plagiarism, and the transformation; 3. Economic organization, income distribution, and the price mechanism; 4. Revisionism I: constitutional reform versus revolution; 5. Revisionism II: social reform; 6. The Engels-Marx relationship; 7. A methodological overview; Epilogue: the immediate legacy.
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'Based upon an extraordinarily close and careful reading of the texts, Hollander presents a detailed, comprehensive, and sophisticated assessment of key issues in the development of Engels's (and Marx's) economic ideas - this is a major and impressive contribution to scholarship in the field.' Greg Claeys, Royal Holloway, University of London 'A valuable, incisive, and compelling account of Engels's contribution to the economics of Marxism. At last, Hollander has revealed the great debt which Marxian political economy owes to Marx's right-hand man.' Tristram Hunt MP, Queen Mary, University of London 'Hollander's critical dissection of Friedrich Engels's economic thought is scholarly, provocative, and engaging. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of one of nineteenth-century socialism's most important, and most neglected, economists.' John King, La Trobe University 'Samuel Hollander is the leading authority on classical economics. His erudite and incisive accounts of Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Mill, Say, and Marx are definitive. In his new book, Friedrich Engels and Marxian Political Economy, Hollander shows that Engels was more than the junior partner of a famous man, the second author of The German Ideology and The Communist Manifesto. Engels was an important and influential thinker in his own right. Disentangling Engels from Marx, exploring the intricacies of Engels on economic theory, applied economics, history, legislation, and the State, Hollander fills a major gap in the literature of ideas. The book is a major contribution to the social sciences. It will be the definitive analysis of an important author who is seldom read and even less frequently understood.' D. A. Reisman, Nanyang Technological University and University of Surrey 'This volume adds substantially to our understanding of the distinctive contribution made by Engels to nineteenth-century socialist political economy. Hollander's work makes clear Engels's role in shaping Marxian political economy in the 1840s and subsequently. Engels emerges in this work as a thinker whose capacity for self-effacement and deference to Marx too-often obscured the originality and importance of his contribution to socialist thinking. Engels in Hollander's rendition proves a more subtle and original theorist than he is often presented and certainly not as a proponent of the crude determinism which some have seen as his corruption of the Marxian legacy. Taken with his earlier volume ... The Economics of Karl Marx, Hollander's Friedrich Engels and Marxian Political Economy represents a major addition to the scholarly literature on these two titans of socialist thought.' Noel Thompson, University of Wales, Swansea
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