Essential Thinkers: Karl Marx

Essential Thinkers: Karl Marx

by Hugh Griffith
     
 

In 1848 a wave of revolutions broke over Europe. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, in the Communist Manifesto, urged the workers of all countries to unite. But the movement collapsed and Marx became an exile in London, where he spent the next twenty years developing his great critique of the capitalist system.

His monumental Capital was constructed…  See more details below

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In 1848 a wave of revolutions broke over Europe. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, in the Communist Manifesto, urged the workers of all countries to unite. But the movement collapsed and Marx became an exile in London, where he spent the next twenty years developing his great critique of the capitalist system.

His monumental Capital was constructed as a scientific study of political economy, but its driving force was Marx's sense of the burning injustices imposed on the working class by the Industrial Revolution, and its alienation from the society that its labor made possible. Marxism became a great secular creed, with dramatic consequences for the history of the last century. Even today, with the rich Western economies relying increasingly on low-wage production in the Third World, many features of Marx's analysis remain disturbingly relevant.

Karl Marx (1818-83) was born in Trier. He studied at the University of Berlin before becoming a journalist and converting to Communism. He supported the 1848 revolution in Germany but after its failure was forced into exile. He spent the rest of his life in London carrying out research into the workings of capitalism. The first part of Capital was published in 1867.

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ISBN-13:
9780760762677
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Product dimensions:
4.04(w) x 6.08(h) x 0.96(d)

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