Marx's 'Eighteenth Brumaire'

Marx's 'Eighteenth Brumaire' : (Post)Modern Interpretations

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Marx's account of the rise of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte is one of his most important texts. Written after the defeat of the 1848 revolution in France and Bonaparte's subsequent coup, it is a concrete analysis that raises enduring theoretical questions about the state, class conflict and ideology. Unlike his earlier analyses, Marx develops a nuanced argument concerning the independence of the state from class interests, the different types of classes, and the determining power of ideas and imagery in politics. In the Eighteenth Brumaire he applies his `materialist conception of history' to an actual historical event with extraordinary subtlety and an impressive, powerful command of language.This volume contains the most recent and widely acclaimed translation of the Eighteenth Brumaire by Terrell Carver, together with a series of specially commissioned essays on the importance of the Brumaire in Marx's canon. Contributors discuss its continuing significance and interest, the historical background and its contemporary relevance for political philosophy and more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745318304
  • 9780745318301

About Mark Cowling

Mark Cowling is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Teesside. His previous publications include The Communist Manifesto: New Interpretations (editor, Edinburgh University Press, 1998), Date Rape and Consent (Ashgate, 1998) and Marxism, the Millennium and Beyond (ed. with Paul Reynolds, St. Martin's Press, 2000). James Martin lectures in politics at Goldsmiths College and is the author of Gramsci's Political Analysis (Palgrave, 1998) and editor of Antonio Gramsci: Critical Assessments of Leading Political Philosophers (Routledge, 2001).show more

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Acknowledgements Contributors 1. Introduction by Mark Cowling and James Martin SECTION 1 The Text 2. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (Trans. Terrell Carver) by Karl Marx SECTION 2 The Eighteenth Brumaire as Discourse 3. Imagery/Writing, Imagination/Politics: reading Marx through the Eighteenth Brumaire by Terrell Carver 4. Performing Politics: class, ideology and discourse in Marx's Eighteenth Brumaire by James Martin SECTION 3: The Eighteenth Brumaire as History 5. Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte: 'hero' or 'grotesque mediocrity'? by Roger Price 6. The Appeal of Bonapartism by Geoff Watkins SECTION 4 The Autonomy of the State? 7. The Political Scene and the Politics of Representation: periodising class struggle and the state in the Eighteenth Brumaire by Bob Jessop 8. Making Sense of the `Relative Autonomy' of the State by Paul Wetherly SECTION 5 The Eighteenth Brumaire, Classes and Class Struggle, Then and Now 9. The Eighteenth Brumaire and Thatcherism by Paul Blackledge 10. Marx's Lumpenproletariat and Murray's Underclass: concepts best abandoned? by Mark Cowling 11. Here Content Transcends Phrase: the Eighteenth Brumaire as the key to understanding Marx's critique of utopian socialism by Darren Webb Indexshow more

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