Literate Communist: 150 Years of the "Communist Manifesto" / Edition 1 available in Paperback
The Literate Communist sheds new light on the modern world's most consequential political tract. Professor Hodges' thesis is that the Communist Manifesto is not what it claims to be - a forthright and faithful expression of what communists believed in 1848 - and that its subsequent adaptations periodically opened the door to and slammed the door shut on communism. Part I introduces students to the Manifesto's conspiratorial legacy stemming from the great French Revolution of 1789-1794 and to Marx and Engels' informal amendments to it. Part II examines the 150-year-old posthistory of the Manifesto and its interpretations that pull in opposite directions. The author concludes that the Janus-faced Manifesto played a key ideological role in not only the rise, but also the demise of the Soviet Union.
About the Author
The Author: Donald Clark Hodges is Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Political Science at Florida State University as well as the founder and coeditor of Social Theory and Practice. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Columbia University. Internationally recognized in Who's Who in the World, he is the author-editor of a hundred professional articles and a score of books, including Socialist Humanism, The Bureaucratization of Socialism, and America's New Economic Order.