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Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition
     

Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition

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by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Eric Hobsbawm, Frederick Engels
 

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ISBN-10: 1859848982

ISBN-13: 9781859848982

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: Verso Books

The Communist Manifesto,is the most influential political call-to-arms ever written. In the century and a half since its publication the world has been shaken repeatedly by those who sought to make its declamations a reality.

But the focus of this modern edition is not primarily the vivid history of Marx and Engels’ most important work. Rather, with

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The Communist Manifesto,is the most influential political call-to-arms ever written. In the century and a half since its publication the world has been shaken repeatedly by those who sought to make its declamations a reality.

But the focus of this modern edition is not primarily the vivid history of Marx and Engels’ most important work. Rather, with a characteristically elegant and acute introduction by the distinguished 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.

For anyone skeptical of the triumphalism of the financial markets in recent years, who chooses to focus instead on the growing global divergence of rich and poor, the ravaging of the environment and the atomization of society, the Manifesto will appear as a work of extraordinary prescience and power.

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ISBN-13:
9781859848982
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
529,491
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Communist Manifesto: 150th Anniversary Commemorative Editio 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No, the Pathfinder edition of the Communist Manifesto is not introduced by "renowned social theorist David Harvey," whoever he is. It's introduced by renowned world revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Trotsky's approx. 12 pg. introduction written in 1937 is (along with the prefaces by Marx and Engels) worth more than all the other hundreds of introductions put together. This is the best edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this particular edition of the Communist Manifesto, the reader is treated to an introduction by Leon Trotsky, one of the central leaders of the Russian Revolution as well as some correspondence from Marx and Engels. But it is the Manifesto itself which bears repeated readings and discussion. How could such a short work have been the basis for revolutions around the world? It is due I think to the fundamental points made: i.e. that workers of the world must unite---as they have more in common with each other than their own national rich and powerful. In very brief but cogent explanations, Marx and Engels give a concise history of mankind and prove that all history in the 'history of class struggles'. Be it feudal lords and serfs or autoworkers and General Motors, it is still the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of the tragic disasters of Stalinism, Maoism and other horrendous fascistic dictatorial regimes, the very word 'communism' brings with it many pejoratives. These misconceptions must be dispelled, and the Communist Manifesto can do that. It is clear that the current politco-ecomic model (i.e american capitalism) is failing so many people of the world; oppressing their democratic rights, and keeping them in repressed, subjigated conditions with little to eat or drink and nowhere to live. A better world must be built - a truly democratic world, ran by the people, for the people, not by the rich, for the rich as today's society is. Although the Communist Manifesto is specific to its time, its sentiments and programmes for a better world are still applicable today, and all those wishing to fight inequality, injustice and oppression should read this pamphlet. It is an essential for all revolutionaries.
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Interesting: it provides great insight into the minds of great communist leaders and the extreme side of socialism
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Soooo..........this is akward
Avid_ReaderMJ More than 1 year ago
Exellent copy. Wish it had a table of content to aid in navigation.
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Whether you think the enemy of working people and of young people who want a human world is 'globalization' ,or Bush, or politicians in general, or just your boss : if you are fighting for a better life for all; if war, mass unemployment, poverty, racism, sexism etc, etc, repell and anger you , then you need this pamphlet. Now. You will keep wondering as you read , ' When was this written ? ' Because in this pamphlet two young revolutionary fighters ( one 29, one 30 yrs. old at the time ) describe the world we live in today : 'global ' capitalism .They also describe the only social class that can put an end to this system : the very working people who create all wealth and the basis for all culture. Not rhetoric, but science.With introduction by a co-leader ( with Lenin ) of the Russian Revolution and fighter against Stalin-ism , Leon Trotsky.You can see this same approach applied to today?s world in The Working Class And The Transformation Of Learning and Cuba And The Coming American Revolution by U.S. socialist leader Jack Barnes. ( Also from Pathfinder Press.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by two young men who saw how to change the world. It's in-your-face. The opening gambit is a taunt: 'A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of communism.' Fighters flaunting their confidence. Great vivid images which ring all the truer today -- capitalism is like a sorcerer who has conjured up immense forces beyond his control, they say. But, ridiculously, forces of too-much wealth, too-much food, over-abundance in the face of starvation and devastation. Sound like today's world? They explain why this happens and how to end the paradox. The Manifesto answers the debates and rulers' propaganda of the time (and ours, too). Are communists godless heathens? Do they abandon morals and use women? Are rebels just lazy good-for-nothings? I like the Pathfinder edition because it's cheap, has an introduction by a leader of the Russian revolution (Leon Trotsky) which brings it up-to-date for our epoch and has lots of margin space in which to write notes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It does not work! Were is the great USSR now!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Marx is always fascinating. But if you read this, read Paul Johnson's 'Intellectuals'. Gives you a good perspective on Marx and why he wrote this watershed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the Marx/Engles views are clearly wrong, the Manifesto makes for an interesting read nonetheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written in a very persuasive manner. Reading the Manifesto really takes you back to those times and the gap betweem the rich and poor (bourgeiose and prolatriat). More importantly it Marx's really give valid reasons agaisnt capitalism and for communism. Its a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From each according to his ability to each according to his need. -Karl Marx
lenin1890 More than 1 year ago
the glory of the motherland is in this book. Long live the glorious revolution.