Karl Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for the current understanding of labour and its relation to capital, and has influenced much of subsequent economic thought. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the most notable being The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.
Born into a wealthy middle-class family in Trier in the Prussian Rhineland, Marx studied at the University of Bonn and the University of Berlin, where he became interested in the philosophical ideas of the Young Hegelians. After his studies, he wrote for a radical newspaper in Cologne, and began to work out his theory of dialectical materialism. He moved to Paris in 1843, where he began writing for other radical newspapers and met Friedrich Engels, who would become his lifelong friend and collaborator. In 1849 he was exiled and moved to London together with his wife and children where he continued writing and formulating his theories about social and economic activity. He also campaigned for socialism and became a significant figure in the International Workingmen's Association.
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"With the clarity and brilliance of genius, this work outlines the new world outlook, consistent materialism, which also embraces the real of social life, dialectics, as the most comprehensive and profound doctrine of development, the theory of the class struggle and of the world-historic revolutionary role of the proletariat-the creator of a new, communist society." -LeninIronically, The Communist Manifesto, first published in 1848 for the Communist League, had little influence in its own day. Only after Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' other writings had made their views on socialism widely known did it become a standard text. For nearly century it was one of the most widely read - some would argue misread - texts in the world. Manifested in vivid prose, the Manifesto continues to irk the capitalist world, lingering as an eerie specter even after the collapse of those governments, which claimed to be enacting its principles.Certainly, the aim here is not create converts. Instead it is to help readers probe the writing with its distinct point of view, so that we might understand the political and historical significance of the text while still maintaining a stance that allows us to think critically about the subject and form our own opinions.KARL MARX (1818-1883) was a philosopher, social scientist, historian and political revolutionary. He is indisputably the most influential socialist thinker to emerge in the 19th century. Although scholars largely ignored him in his own lifetime, his social, economic and political ideas gained rapid acceptance in the socialist movement only after his death. Born to a bourgeois family, FREDERICK ENGELS (1820-1895) devoted his life to struggling for the poor and oppressed. As a man of principle, he spent much of his time developing theoretical ideas and to his 50-year commitment to revolutionary socialism. Engels sustained an equally strong personal commitment to Karl Marx, who he supported politically, financially and with a deep friendship for 40 years, until the relationship was broken by Marx's death in 1883.
 The revolutionary sociologist, Karl Marx worked in collaboration with Friedrich Engels, publishing various groundbreaking works, including the 1848 pamphlet ‘The Communist Manifesto’ — the most celebrated pamphlet in the history of the socialist movement. Their work has since influenced subsequent intellectual, economic and political history. This comprehensive eBook presents Marx’s collected works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Marx’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the major books and essays

* All the major works, with individual contents tables

* Features rare essays appearing for the first time in digital publishing

* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Features three biographies — discover Marx’s intriguing life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


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CONTENTS:


The Books

CRITIQUE OF HEGEL’S PHILOSOPHY OF RIGHT, 1843

ON THE JEWISH QUESTION, 1843

THE HOLY FAMILY, 1845

THESES ON FEUERBACH, 1845

THE POVERTY OF PHILOSOPHY, 1847

WAGE LABOUR AND CAPITAL, 1847

MANIFESTO OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY, 1848

THE CLASS STRUGGLES IN FRANCE, 1850

ADDRESS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO THE COMMUNIST LEAGUE

THE EIGHTEENTH BRUMAIRE OF LOUIS NAPOLEON, 1852

A CONTRIBUTION TO THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 1859

MARX’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS

CAPITAL

THE CIVIL WAR IN FRANCE, 1871

CRITIQUE OF THE GOTHA PROGRAM, 1875

MR. GEORGE HOWELL’S HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORKING-MEN’S ASSOCIATION

NOTES ON ADOLPH WAGNER, 1883

SECRET DIPLOMATIC HISTORY OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

REVOLUTION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION


The Biographies

THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF KARL MARX by Max Beer

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY by Eduard Bernstein

ENGELS’ SPEECH AT THE GRAVE OF KARL MARX by Friedrich Engels


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“What is globalization? Here is one of the best answers. It is the ‘constant revolutionizing of production’ and the ‘endless disturbance of all social conditions.’ It is ‘everlasting uncertainty.’ Everything ‘fixed and frozen’ is ‘swept away,’ and ‘all that is solid melts into air.’ Yes, you have read this before. It is from The Communist Manifesto, by Messrs. Marx and Engels.”—The New York Times

Here, at last, is an authoritative introduction to history’s most important political document, with the full text of The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels.

This beautifully organized and presented edition of The Communist Manifesto is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader.

Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into more languages than any other modern text. It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared “dead.” But year after year, the text only grows more influential, remaining required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics, and history.

“Apart from Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species,” notes the Los Angeles Times, the Manifesto “is arguably the most important work of nonfiction written in the 19th century.” The Washington Post calls Marx “an astute critic of capitalism.” Writing in The New York Times, Columbia University Professor Steven Marcus describes the Manifesto as a “masterpiece” with “enduring insights into social existence.”

The New Yorker recently described Karl Marx as “The Next Thinker” for our era. This book will show readers why.

Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in northern California. He writes extensively on politics and the philosophy of science and is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.

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