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  • Published: 9 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531841
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $9.99

The Communist Manifesto

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The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the working classes, changed the face of the twentieth century beyond recognition.

In 1848, two young men published what would become one of the defining documents of modern history.  The Communist Manifesto rapidly realigned political fault-lines all over the world and its aftershock resonates to this day.  In the many years since its publication, no other social program has inspired such divisive and violent debate.  Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union-the world's first regime to adopt the Manifesto's tenets-historians have debated its intent and its impact.  In the current era of market democracy in Russia and Eastern Europe, nationalism on every continent, and an ever-tightening global economy, does the spectre of Communism still haunt the world?  Were the seeds of Communism's ultimate destruction already planted in 1848?  Is there anything to be learned from Marx's envisioned utopia?

Featuring an extensive provocative Introduction by historian Martin Malia, this authorized English translation of The Communist Manifesto, edited and annotated by Engels, with prefaces to editions published between 1872 and 1888, provides a new opportunity to examine the document that shook the world.

WITH A NEW AFTERWOR BY STEPHEN KOTIN

  • Pub date: 9 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780451531841
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Authors

Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels (1820-95) was the son of a Manchester factory owner. He wrote several groundbreaking essays on contemporary social and political conditions in Britain, including The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845), in which he criticised the working conditions and treatment of the urban poor. After Karl Marx' death, Engels completed and published the last two volumes of Das Kapital (1884, 1894) from his friend's surviving papers.

Karl Marx

Karl Marx was born in 1818 in Trier, Prussia. While attending university in Berlin he was influenced by the ideas of the philosopher Hegel and his critics, the Young Hegelians, but Marx eventually rejected both schools of thought. He quickly earned the reputation of a revolutionary and left Germany for Paris, where he met his lifelong friend and collaborator, Friedrich Engels. Together they wrote and published The Communist Manifesto, which was published in 1848, just before the first wave of revolutions in France. Marx returned to Germany but his radical activities led to expulsion, whereupon he moved to London. There, Marx and Engels collaborated on further works on economics and contemporary politics. Marx also wrote his major treatise, Das Kapital, but only the first volume was published in his lifetime. Marx died in poverty on March 14, 1883, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery.


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