How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism

How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism

by Eric Hobsbawm
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300176163

ISBN-13: 9780300176162

Pub. Date: 09/06/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

"We need to take account of Marx today," argues Eric Hobsbawm in this persuasive and highly readable book. The ideas of capitalism's most vigorous and eloquent enemy have been enlightening in every era, the author contends, and our current historical situation of free-market extremes suggests that reading Marx may be more important now than ever.

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"We need to take account of Marx today," argues Eric Hobsbawm in this persuasive and highly readable book. The ideas of capitalism's most vigorous and eloquent enemy have been enlightening in every era, the author contends, and our current historical situation of free-market extremes suggests that reading Marx may be more important now than ever.

Hobsbawm begins with a consideration of how we should think about Marxism in the post-communist era, observing that the features we most associate with Soviet and related regimes—command economies, intrusive bureaucratic structures, and an economic and political condition of permanent war—are neither derived from Marx's ideas nor unique to socialist states. Further chapters discuss pre-Marxian socialists and Marx's radical break with them, Marx's political milieu, and the influence of his writings on the anti-fascist decades, the Cold War, and the post–Cold War period. Sweeping, provocative, and full of brilliant insights, How to Change the World challenges us to reconsider Marx and reassess his significance in the history of ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300176162
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Part I Marx and Engels

1 Marx Today 3

2 Marx, Engels and pre-Marxian Socialism 16

3 Marx, Engels and Politics 48

4 On Engels' The Condition of the Working Class in England 89

5 On the Communist Manifesto 101

6 Discovering the Grundrisse 121

7 Marx on pre-Capitalist Formations 127

8 The Fortunes of Marx's and Engels' Writings 176

Part II Marxism

9 Dr Marx and the Victorian Critics 199

10 The Influence of Marxism 1880-1914 211

11 In the Era of Anti-fascism 1929-45 261

12 Gramsci 314

13 The Reception of Gramsci 334

14 The Influence of Marxism 1945-83 344

15 Marxism in Recession 1983-2000 385

16 Marx and Labour: the Long Century 399

Notes 420

Dates and Sources of Original Publication 453

Index 456

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