Manifesto of the Communist Party

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The focus of this modern edition is not primarily the vivid history of Marx and Engels' most important work. Rather, with a characteristically acute introduction by historian Eric Hobsbawm, it asserts the pertinence of the Manifesto today. Hobsbawm writes that 'the world described by Marx and Engels in 1848 in passages of dark, laconic eloquence, is recognizably the world we live in 150 years later'. He identifies the insights which underpin the Manifesto's startling contemporary relevance: the recognition of ...
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The focus of this modern edition is not primarily the vivid history of Marx and Engels' most important work. Rather, with a characteristically acute introduction by historian Eric Hobsbawm, it asserts the pertinence of the Manifesto today. Hobsbawm writes that 'the world described by Marx and Engels in 1848 in passages of dark, laconic eloquence, is recognizably the world we live in 150 years later'. He identifies the insights which underpin the Manifesto's startling contemporary relevance: the recognition of capitalism as a world system capable of marshalling production on a global scale; its devastating impact on all aspects of human existence, work, the family and the distribution of wealth; and the understanding that, far from being a stable, immutable system, it is, on the contrary, susceptible to enormous convulsions and crisis, and contains the seeds of its own destruction.

Written in Engels' stirring prose, and declaring Marx's earth-shaking ideas, The Communist Manisfesto has changed the scope of world politics, and indeed the course of human civilization. This Bantam Classic edition contains all previously-published prefaces and notes of the authors, and features an introduction by Vladimir Pozner.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781453714515
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/2010
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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Moore, Samuel (1830-1895)

British jurist. Judge in Manchester, legal adviser of Marx and Engels (being their close personal friend). Member of the International. Translated the Communist Manifesto into English (1888 translation). Also translated, jointly with Edward Aveling, volume one of Capital.

Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 - 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist.

Friedrich Engels (28 November 1820 - 5 August 1895) was a German social scientist, author, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, alongside Karl Marx.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    A Very Important Book

    This book is an important one that has influenced years of World history. We've seen the fall of Russian Tsarism, the expansion of socialist government, and the increasing backlash against corporatism - much of which are based on the ideas in this book.

    An important investigation is wether or not the continual "socialist experiments" throughout the world are in line with the ideals suggested in this book. One cannot talk intelligibly about socialism or communism without knowing its roots.

    An anonymous poster before me has suggested that we shouldn't be influenced by communism. Is that really a relevant consideration as to wether or not you should buy this book? The people most fervent to defend capitalism should read this book as much as those who support communism. Learning what communist ideals are BASED ON is a pre-requsitie to refutation and discussion.

    I'm sorry that people are using this comment forum as a pedestal for wether or not communism is 'right'. Those considerations are irrelevant; This book is of historical relevance and importance for all who want to sound like a well-informed citizen of a capitalist country.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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