Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid 19th Century England (Raya Dunayevskaya Series)

Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid 19th Century England (Raya Dunayevskaya Series)

by David Black
     
 

Helen Macfarlane, revolutionary social critic, feminist and Hegelian philosopher was the first English translator of Karl Marx and Fredrich Engel's theCommunist Manifesto. Her original translation is included in this edition. Marx publicly admired her as a rare and original thinker and journalist. This book recreates her intellectual and political world at a key

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Helen Macfarlane, revolutionary social critic, feminist and Hegelian philosopher was the first English translator of Karl Marx and Fredrich Engel's theCommunist Manifesto. Her original translation is included in this edition. Marx publicly admired her as a rare and original thinker and journalist. This book recreates her intellectual and political world at a key turning point in European history.

Editorial Reviews

Victorian Studies
David Black has rendered British social history - and the history of Chartism in particular - as well as the history of socialist ideas in Britain a distinct service by devoting a book-length study to this remarkable woman.
Kevin B. Anderson
Helen Macfarlane was a truly remarkable figure: the first translator of The Communist Manifesto, an early socialist who discussed Hegel, Christianity, and revolution, and a merciless critic of all forms of domination, whether by class, race, or gender. She flickered briefly across British radicalism before disappearing from the historical record. Dave Black has done a marvelous job of excavation, contextualization, and careful analysis, giving us the first-ever book on Macfarlane's life and work. An additional merit of this volume is the reprinting of Macfarlane's sometimes very beautiful translation of the Manifesto.
Rosemary Hennessey
In Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in Mid-Eighteenth Century England, David Black has done astute historical detective work to rescue from erasure a key figure in socialist history. Under the alias of "Howard Morton," Helen Macfarlane wrote the first English translation of The Communist Manifesto for the magazine The Red Republican. An active member of mid-nineteenth century British socialist circles, she contributed to the direction of radical dissent and the legacy of Chartism. Rich in detail, Black's book maps out some of the major debates in which Macfarlane was involved and offers a fascinating archive for anyone interested in the prehistory of British Hegelian thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739108642
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Raya Dunayevskaya Series
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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