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The Communist Manifest by Marx and Engels with an introduction and notes by Gareth Stedman Jones. Jones reviews the history of the Manifesto as well as the events drove Marx and Engels to create the Communist Manifesto.
In the two decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall, global capitalism became entrenched in its modern, neoliberal form. Its triumph was so complete that the word "capitalism" itself fell out of use in the absence of credible political alternatives. But with the outbreak of financial crisis and global recession in the twenty-first century, capitalism is once again up for discussion. The status quo can no longer be taken for granted.As Eric Hobsbawm argues in his acute and elegant introduction to this modern edition, in such times The Communist Manifesto emerges as a work of great prescience and power despite being written over a century and a half ago. He highlights Marx and Engels's enduring insights into the capitalist system: its devastating impact on all aspects of human existence; its susceptibility to enormous convulsions and crises; and its fundamental weakness.
Updated and corrected edition of the 1888 translation by Samuel Moore. Includes authors' prefaces written subsequent to the 1848 edition.
"A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism." So begins one of history's most important documents, a work of such magnitude that it has forever changed not only the scope of world politics, but indeed the course of human civilization. The Communist Manifesto was written in Friedrich Engels's clear, striking prose and declared the earth-shaking ideas of Karl Marx. Upon publication in 1848, it quickly became the credo of the poor and oppressed who longed for a society "in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all."The Communist Manifesto contains the seeds of Marx's more comprehensive philosophy, which continues to inspire influential economic, political, social, and literary theories. But the Manifesto is most valuable as an historical document, one that led to the greatest political upheaveals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and to the establishment of the Communist governments that until recently ruled half the globe.This Bantam Classic edition of The Communist Manifesto includes Marx and Engels's historic 1872 and 1882 prefaces, and Engels's notes and prefaces to the 1883 and 1888 editions.From the Paperback edition.
This presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism, rather than a prediction of communism's potential future forms.
"Let's be realists, let's dream the impossible." Che Guevara's words summarize the radical vision of the four famous rebels presented in this book: Marx and Engels' "Communist Manifesto," Rosa Luxemburg's "Reform or Revolution" and Che Guevara's "Socialism and Humanity." Far from being lifeless historical documents, these manifestos for revolution will resonate with a new generation also seeking a better world. "The world described by Marx and Engels... is recognizably the world we live in 150 years later.
This book contains a number of selected expositions by Marx, Engels and Lenin concerning the dictatorship of proletariat.
Obra de Federico Engels escrita en 1884. Apoyándose en los datos del libro de Morgan «La sociedad primitiva» y también en otros datos de la ciencia, Engels investiga en su obra los rasgos fundamentales del desarrollo del régimen de la comunidad primitiva. Muestra el cambio de formas del matrimonio y de la familia en relación con el progreso económico de la sociedad, analiza el proceso de descomposición del régimen gentilicio (según el ejemplo de tres pueblos: griego, romano y germano) y las causas económicas de ese proceso. El aumento de la productividad del trabajo y de la división del trabajo originaron el intercambio, la propiedad privada, la destrucción del régimen gentilicio y la formación de las clases. El nacimiento de las contradicciones de clase provocó el del Estado como instrumento de defensa de los intereses de la clase dominante. El libro de Engels ha demostrado: 1) que la propiedad privada, las clases y el Estado no han existido siempre, sino que surgieron en un nivel determinado del desarrollo económico; 2) que el Estado en manos de las clases explotadoras es siempre un instrumento de violencia y de opresión contra las amplias masas del pueblo; 3) que las clases desaparecerán de manera tan inevitable como fue inevitable su advenimiento en el pasado. Con la desaparición de las clases desaparecerá inevitablemente el Estado. El libro de Engels constituye una valiosa aportación a la teoría del marxismo sobre la sociedad y hasta en nuestros días conserva su importancia para el estudio del materialismo histórico.
The book begins with an extensive discussion of Ancient Society which describes the major stages of human development as commonly understood in Engels' time.
An essential principle of Communism is to fight for civil rights.
Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln exchanged letters at the end of the Civil War, with Marx writing on behalf of the International Working Men's Association. Although they were divided by far more than the Atlantic Ocean, they agreed on the urgency of suppressing slavery and the cause of "free labor." In his introduction Robin Blackburn argues that Lincoln's response to the IWA was a sign of the importance of the German American community as well as of the role of the International in opposing European recognition of the Confederacy. The International went on to attract many thousands of supporters in over fifty regions of the US, and helped to spread the demand for an eight-hour day--enacted by Congress in 1868 for Federal employees. Blackburn shows how the International in America--born out of the Civil War--sought to radicalize Lincoln's unfinished revolution and to advance the rights of labor, uniting black and white, men and women, native and foreign-born. The International contributed to a profound critique of the capitalist robber barons who enriched themselves during and after the war. It inspired an extraordinary series of strikes and class struggles in the postwar decades. In addition to a range of key texts and letters by both Lincoln and Marx, this book includes Raya Dunaevskaya's assessment of the impact of the Civil War on Marx's theory and a survey by Frederick Engels of the progress of US labor in the 1880s.
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