Dispatches for the New York Tribune: Selected Journalism of Karl Marx

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Karl Marx (1818-83) is arguably the most famous political philosopher of all time, but he was also one of the great foreign correspondents of the nineteenth century. During his nine years writing for the New York Tribune, beginning in 1852, Marx tackled an abundance of topics, from issues of class and the state to world affairs. Particularly moving pieces highlight social inequality and starvation in Britain, while others explore his groundbreaking views on the slave and opium trades - Marx believed Western ...
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Overview

Karl Marx (1818-83) is arguably the most famous political philosopher of all time, but he was also one of the great foreign correspondents of the nineteenth century. During his nine years writing for the New York Tribune, beginning in 1852, Marx tackled an abundance of topics, from issues of class and the state to world affairs. Particularly moving pieces highlight social inequality and starvation in Britain, while others explore his groundbreaking views on the slave and opium trades - Marx believed Western powers relied on these and would stop at nothing to protect their interests. Above all, Marx's fresh perspective on nineteenth-century events encouraged his readers to think, and his writing is surprisingly relevant today.

In his introduction James Ledbetter discusses the development of Marx's political thought. Each section in this anthology has a separate introduction by Ledbetter, to set the selection of articles into the context of Marx's work. This volume also includes a foreword by Marxbiographer and journalist Francis Wheen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141441924
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 987,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Wheen is a journalist, author, and broadcaster.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Chronology     xv
Introduction     xvii
A Note on the Text     xxix
China
Revolution in China and in Europe     3
[The Anglo-Chinese Conflict]     11
[Russian Trade with China]     17
[English Atrocities in China]     20
History of the Opium Trade [I]     24
History of the Opium Trade [II]     28
[The Anglo-Chinese Treaty]     31
The British and Chinese Treaty     36
Trade with China     42
War, Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Europe
The Greek Insurrection     51
Declaration of War.-On the History of the Eastern Question     54
[Revolution in Spain.-Bomarsund]     63
Prussia     67
[Revolution in Spain] [I]     72
[Revolution in Spain] [II]     78
[On Italian Unity]     84
A Historic Parallel     90
What Has Italy Gained?     93
British Politics and Society
The Elections in England.-Tories and Whigs     98
Corruption at Elections     104
[Case of Starvation]     111
[Starvation]     113
The Duchess of Sutherland and Slavery     113
[Capital Punishment]     119
[Irish Tenant Right]     123
[Chartism]     129
[Prince Albert]     131
The War Debate in Parliament     134
[Clearing of Estates in Scotland]     139
The English Middle Class     142
Fall of the Aberdeen Ministry     145
[The Increase of Lunacy in Great Britain]     151
Economics and Finance
Pauperism and Free Trade.-The Approaching Commercial Crisis     161
The Labor Question     163
The Commercial Crisis in Britain     166
The French Credit Mobilier [I]     171
The French Credit Mobilier [II]     177
The French Credit Mobilier [III]     183
Condition of Factory Laborers     189
[The Bank Act of 1844 and the Monetary Crisis in England]     192
[The Crisis in Europe]     198
British Commerce and Finance     200
[Project for the Regulation of the Price of Bread in France]     204
India and Imperialism
The British Rule in India     212
The Future Results of British Rule in India     219
The Revolt in the Indian Army     225
The Indian Question     229
The Indian Revolt      234
[Investigation of Tortures in India]     237
The Approaching Indian Loan     243
The Indian Bill     246
Great Trouble in Indian Finances     250
America and Slavery
The British Government and the Slave-Trade     261
The American Question in England     266
The British Cotton Trade     276
The North American Civil War     280
The London Times on the Orleans Princes in America     291
The News and Its Effect in London     295
Progress of Feeling in England     300
English Public Opinion     305
Notes     312
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    A superb collection

    These articles, on a huge range of subjects, were written and published between 1852 and 1861. The Tribune¿s circulation at the time was 200,000, the world¿s largest. There are nine articles on China, covering the British state¿s Opium Wars and its atrocities there. The British state produced opium in India, forced it on China by unprovoked attacks, and then turned round and accused the Chinese of attacking Britain, with ¿the flimsy pretence that English life and property are endangered by the aggressive acts of the Chinese.¿ Marx also produced nine articles on wars, revolutions and counter-revolutions in Europe, particularly Greece, Italy, Prussia and Spain. Nine articles examined events in India, mainly the 1857 revolt in India and changes in imperial finances. Marx wrote that capitalist progress ¿will neither emancipate nor materially mend the social condition of the mass of the people, depending not only on the development of the productive powers, but on their appropriation by the people.¿ He showed how vicious imperial rule was, citing Lord Dalhousie, India¿s governor general from 1848 to 1856, ¿torture in one shape or other is practised by the lower subordinates in every British province.¿ In eight articles, Marx analysed the struggles in the USA, the British government¿s role in the slave trade, the mill owners¿ and The Times¿ support for the slaveholding South in the American civil war. The mill workers, by contrast, supported the North and abolition, at great cost to themselves. Marx showed how the slave trade was integral to capitalism. He also produced 14 articles on British politics and society, several elections, `a venal and reckless press¿, starvation and the Highland clearances, and 11 on poverty, riches and inequality, against global free trade and its promises of peace and prosperity, the financial panic of 1857 with its failing dodgy banks, and the condition of the working class.

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