Presents the first major study of Marx and Engels in two decades and the only study since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the recognized crisis of global capitalism.
According to Nimtz, no two people contributed more to the struggle for democracy in the nineteenth century than Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Presenting the first major study of the two thinkers in the past twenty years and the first since the collapse of the Soviet Union, this book challenges many widely held views about their democratic credentials and their attitudes and policies on the peasantry, the importance of national self-determination, the struggle for women’s equality, their so-called Eurocentric bias, political and party organizing, and the possibility for socialist revolution in an overwhelmingly peasant and underdeveloped country like late-nineteenth-century Russia.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
August H. Nimtz, Jr. is Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Islam and Politics in East Africa: The Sufi Order in Tanzania.
Table of Contents
The Democratic Urge and Commencement of a Revolutionary Partnership
The Quest for Democratic Rule
The Partnership Begins
From Theory to Practice: Toward a Communist Party
Preparing for Revolution
The Communist League
The Revolutions of 1848–1849: Participating in the "Real Movement"
Prelude to Revolution
The Revolution Begins
The Return to Germany
The June Revolution
Toward the People's Alliance
The End of the Revolutionary Upsurge and the Lessons of Struggle
From Revolution to Counterrevolution
The Lessons of Revolution
Interpreting the 1848–1851 Events in France: Marx and Engels versus Tocqueville
Marx and Engels versus Their Contemporaries
Marx and Engels versus Tocqueville
Political Adjustments to the Long Lull in the Class Struggle
The Communist League: An "episode in the history of a party"
Preparing for the Next Upsurge
A New Revolutionary Era and the Birth of the First International
Precursors of Organized Political Activity
The First International: "A Mighty Engine at Our Disposal"
The First International: From Brussels to the Paris Commune
The Breadth of the Marx Party Activities
The Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune
The First International: The Final Years and Legacy
The Fight for Programmatic Integrity
The International's Legacy
Engels and Revolutionary Continuity
The Strategy and Tactics of Party Building
Toward a New International
Engels's Contribution: An Assessment