Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough

Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough

by August H. Nimtz Jr.

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Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough by August H. Nimtz Jr.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791444900
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Series: SUNY Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
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



Chapter One
The Democratic Urge and Commencement of a Revolutionary Partnership

The Quest for Democratic Rule

The Partnership Begins

Chapter Two
From Theory to Practice: Toward a Communist Party

Preparing for Revolution

The Communist League

Chapter Three
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

Chapter Four
The End of the Revolutionary Upsurge and the Lessons of Struggle

From Revolution to Counterrevolution

The Lessons of Revolution

Chapter Five
Interpreting the 1848–1851 Events in France: Marx and Engels versus Tocqueville

Marx and Engels versus Their Contemporaries

Marx and Engels versus Tocqueville

Chapter Six
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

Chapter Seven
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"


Chapter Eight
The First International: From Brussels to the Paris Commune

The Breadth of the Marx Party Activities

The Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune


Chapter Nine
The First International: The Final Years and Legacy

The Fight for Programmatic Integrity

The International's Legacy


Chapter Ten
Engels and Revolutionary Continuity

The Strategy and Tactics of Party Building

Toward a New International

Engels's Contribution: An Assessment





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