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Overview

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.

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‘[a] concise and reliable introduction to Marx’s thought…Barnett organizes his book into pairs of chapters: the first of each pair deals with Marx’s life and practical work; the second with his political thought. This structure is useful in conveying to readers how Marx’s ideas were constantly evolving.’The Financial Times

'For those wanting an introduction to Karl Marx and his economics writings the book provides an excellent, clear and accessible introduction.'Gidon Cohen, Durham University, UK

'It successfully shows how Marx could be so influential in his time and more so after his death...it does justice to the immense contribution by a foremost theoretician of social sciences' - Critique

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Meet the Author

Vincent Barnett has been a research fellow on a wide variety of History, Russian Studies and Economics projects at various UK universities. His publications include A History of Russian Economic Thought (2005), The Revolutionary Russian Economy, 1890-1940 (2004) and Kondratiev and the Dynamics of Economic Development (1998).

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Table of Contents

List of plates vii

Preface ix

Chronology xi

Introduction 1

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

Conclusion 226

Notes 238

Further Reading 248

Name Index 251

Subject Index 255

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