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Karl Marx has been portrayed in equal measure both as a political prophet who foresaw the end or capitalist exploitation, and as a populist Antichrist whose totalitarian legacy has cost millions of lives worldwide. This new biography looks beyond these caricatures in order to understand more about the real Karl Marx; about his everyday life and personal circumstances, as well as his political ideology.
The book tells, the life story of a man of ideas, showing how his political and economic thought developed alongside his life and practical work. Vincent Barnett seeks to paint Karl Marx not as a static, unwavering character, but as a man whose beliefs developed dynamically over time. The book explores his personal background, and problems of personal income and family health. It also examines the influence of Hegel's method on Marx's work, and Marx's relationship with Engels.
This lively, up-to-date guide to the life of Karl Marx provides an excellent starting point for students in history, politics and philosophy, and for all those with an interest in Marxism and political ideas.
List of plates vii
1 Ruled by a demon 14
2 Early writings 34
3 The spectre of communism 53
4 Political writings, 1848–1852 72
5 The whole economic muck 91
6 'Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy' 114
7 An immense accumulation of research 129
8 Volume one of Capital 146
9 The tantalising model of Paris 165
10 The circulation of Capital 185
11 And now Russia! 201
12 Very late Marx 216
Further Reading 248
Name Index 251
Subject Index 255