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The Communist manifesto
Uniform Title:
Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei. English
London : Penguin Classics, 2014.
Physical Description:
vi, 417 pages ; 17 cm.
Series title(s):
General Note:
Translated from the German Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei.

This translation, by Samuel Moore, originally published 1888; this edition, with introduction and notes, originally published in Penguin Classics, 2002.
Part I Introduction: Preface -- 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 II Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto: Preface to the German edition of 1872 -- Preface to the Russian edition of 1882 -- Preface to the German edition of 1883 -- Preface to the English edition of 1888 -- Preface to the German edition of 1890 -- Preface to the Polish edition of 1892 -- Preface to the Italian edition of 1893 -- The manifesto of the communist party -- Bourgeois and proletarians -- Proletarians and communists -- Socialist and communist literature -- Reactionary socialism -- A. Feudal socialism -- B. Petty-bourgeois socialism -- German, or "true", socialism -- Conservative, or bourgeois, socialism -- Critical utopian socialism and communism -- Position of the communists in relation to the various exiting opposition parties.
The political tract in which Marx presented the core of his philosophy and revolutionary program, with an introduction analyzing its significance to the realities of today and to Marx's own times.


Call Number
335.422 Marx 2015
335.422 Marx 2015

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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's 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's 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

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Choice Review

The Communist Manifesto is one of the most famous works of political theory, and also one of the most often reprinted. In the past 20 years alone, at least four scholarly editions of the Manifesto have appeared (Norton, Penguin, Signet, and Verso). Isaac (Indiana Univ., Bloomington) gives readers one more, prompting a question: why? This volume offers two distinctive contributions. First, it contains not only the main text (in the standard Moore translation), but also several "early drafts" penned by Engels and the many prefaces to the different language editions. Second, this volume, part of the "Rethinking the Western Tradition" series, focuses not on situating the Manifesto in its historical context but rather on the reception and relevance of the text from 1848 to the present. Five essays by leading scholars in different fields engage with it as a work of political theory (Isaac), social theory (Saskia Sassen), and moral philosophy (Steven Lukes), and consider its historical reception and influence (Stephen Eric Bronner and Vladimir Tismaneanu). Isaac's and Lukes's essays are excellent, yet the volume's audience is ambiguous--some essays speak to the general reader, others to the specialist. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. J. Church University of Houston

Library Journal Review

This year's crop of Penguin "Great Ideas" volumes offers another eclectic dozen works that shaped society from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century. The books are fairly no frills, but the price isn't bad. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.