Karl Marx

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"Isaiah Berlin's Karl Marx remains fresh and engaging and continues to stand as a compelling portrait of Marx's character, historical context, and fierce intellectual and political struggles. In Berlin's unique manner, the book fuses deft descriptions of ideas, colorful personalities, and social and political movements viewed within the broad sweep of history. His prose is precise and eloquent, often pithy, and never obscure. And the commentaries by Alan Ryan and Terrell Carver are excellent accompaniments to the...

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Overview

"Isaiah Berlin's Karl Marx remains fresh and engaging and continues to stand as a compelling portrait of Marx's character, historical context, and fierce intellectual and political struggles. In Berlin's unique manner, the book fuses deft descriptions of ideas, colorful personalities, and social and political movements viewed within the broad sweep of history. His prose is precise and eloquent, often pithy, and never obscure. And the commentaries by Alan Ryan and Terrell Carver are excellent accompaniments to the volume."—Steven Lukes, New York University

"The author's admirable ability to translate many abstruse and obscure notions of Marxism into a clear language and his virtuosity in showing connections between personalities, characters, and attitudes on the one hand and doctrinal issues on the other are unparalleled in the existing literature."—Leszek Kołakowski, author of Main Currents of Marxism

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Editorial Reviews

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"A model of objective clarity."—Richard Charques, Times Literary Supplement

"[Berlin's] book, a perennial classic, has all the virtues of Berlin himself: charm, erudition, and (occasionally) grandiloquence."—Peter E. Gordon, New Republic

"The best brief account of the life and thought of Marx."—Saturday Review

"Exceptional . . . . [A]s a portrait of the man and the intellectual climate of the mid-nineteenth century it is, perhaps, the finest we have."—Chimen Abramsky, Jewish Chronicle

"[Berlin's] accounts of Marx's theses are sometimes more effective than Marx's own words, and his descriptions of Marx as a man are remarkably vivid."—H. B. Acton, Political Studies

"Berlin's attitude to his subject is exemplary, and on the whole it is the best introduction to it that we have. . . . [The book] makes Marx intelligible, both as a person and as a thinker."—A. L. Rowse, Political Quarterly

Saturday Review
The best brief account of the life and thought of Marx.
Times Literary Supplement - Richard Charques
A model of objective clarity.
Political Quarterly - A. L. Rowse
Berlin's attitude to his subject is exemplary, and on the whole it is the best introduction to it that we have. . . . [The book] makes Marx intelligible, both as a person and as a thinker.
Political Studies - H. B. Acton
[Berlin's] accounts of Marx's theses are sometimes more effective than Marx's own words, and his descriptions of Marx as a man are remarkably vivid.
New Republic - Peter E. Gordon
[Berlin's] book, a perennial classic, has all the virtues of Berlin himself: charm, erudition, and (occasionally) grandiloquence.
Jewish Chronicle - Chimen Abramsky
Exceptional . . . . [A]s a portrait of the man and the intellectual climate of the mid-nineteenth century it is, perhaps, the finest we have.
From the Publisher
"A model of objective clarity."—Richard Charques, Times Literary Supplement

"[Berlin's] book, a perennial classic, has all the virtues of Berlin himself: charm, erudition, and (occasionally) grandiloquence."—Peter E. Gordon, New Republic

"The best brief account of the life and thought of Marx."—
Saturday Review

"Exceptional . . . . [A]s a portrait of the man and the intellectual climate of the mid-nineteenth century it is, perhaps, the finest we have."—Chimen Abramsky, Jewish Chronicle

"[Berlin's] accounts of Marx's theses are sometimes more effective than Marx's own words, and his descriptions of Marx as a man are remarkably vivid."—H. B. Acton, Political Studies

"Berlin's attitude to his subject is exemplary, and on the whole it is the best introduction to it that we have. . . . [The book] makes Marx intelligible, both as a person and as a thinker."—A. L. Rowse, Political Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691156507
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2013
  • Edition description: With a foreword by Alan Ryan and an afterword by Terrell Carver
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 944,610
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) was one of the leading intellectual historians of the twentieth century and the founding president of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. His many books include "The Hedgehog and the Fox", "The Crooked Timber of Humanity", "The Roots of Romanticism", and "Against the Current" (all Princeton). Henry Hardy, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is one of Isaiah Berlin's literary trustees. He has edited several other volumes by Berlin, and is currently preparing Berlin's letters and remaining unpublished writings for publication.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface to the Fifth Edition xi
Foreword by Alan Ryan xix
Preface to the Fourth Edition xxix
Note to the Third Edition xxxiii
Note to the First Edition xxxv
1 Introduction 1
2 Childhood and Adolescence 22
3 The Philosophy of 'The Spirit' 33
4 The Young Hegelians 57
5 Paris 76
6 Historical Materialism 112
7 1848 149
8 Exile in London: The First Phase 168
9 The International 205
10 'The Red Terror Doctor' 220
11 Last Years 248
Afterword by Terrell Carver 267
Guide to Further Reading by Terrell Carver 291
Index 297

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