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The Communist Manifesto (Paperback)

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    After some four years of collaboration Marx and Engels produced this account of their conception of Communism, in which they envisage a society without classes, private property or a state. The Manifesto claims that the increasing exploitation of indus......more

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After some four years of collaboration Marx and Engels produced this account of their conception of Communism, in which they envisage a society without classes, private property or a state. The Manifesto claims that the increasing exploitation of industrial workers will produce a global economic crisis, leading to a revolution in which Capitalism is overthrown by the new working class. This vision of Communism provided the theoretical basis of the political systems in Russia, China, Cuba and Eastern Europe, affecting the lives of millions throughout most of the last century.
Yet even as we get further from the Cold War and its political landscape, The Communist Manifesto remains a classic text: as a powerful work of literature, as a fundamental historical document and, most importantly, as an unrivalled depiction of the limitless power of global Capitalism - a concern that still has great relevance today.

Born in Westphalia in 1820, Friedrich Engels was the son of a textile manufacturer. After military training in Berlin and already a convert to communism, Engels went to Manchester in 1842 to represent the family firm. A relationship with a mill-hand, Mary Bums, and friendship with local Owenites and Chartists helped to inspire his famous early work, The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844. Collaboration with Marx began in 1844 and in 1847 he composed the first drafts of the Manifesto. After playing an active part in the German revolutions, Engels returned to work in Manchester until 1870, when he moved to London. He not only helped Marx financially, but reinforced their shared position through his own expositions of the new theory. After Marx’s death, he prepared the unfinished volumes of Capital for publication. He died in London in 1895.

Author:
Marx, Karl
Series Title:
Penguin Classics
Genre:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
287
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Publish Date:
09/01/2002
ISBN:
9780140447576
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.5 lb
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