The Communist Manifesto

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Penguin Books, 1985 - Political Science - 123 pages
The complete text of the political tract which has exercised so great an influence on the world in the last century. In a special introduction to this edition A.J.P. Taylor charts the progress of the manifesto from persecuted obscurity to global reverence and examines the relevance of Marx's nineteenth-century ideas to the realities of modern politics.

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User Review  - E. Travis - Borders

This is an excellent coming together of all the things the forming Communists came to realize (some may say believe). Though many of the methods for the institution of a socialist/communist society ... Read full review

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User Review  - tonyxford -

after reading this it removed alot of preconcieved notions about communism that i had. The first chapter is the best chapter of the whole book. The introduction was commical altough not intended to be. Overall a good read. Read full review


Introduction by A J P Taylor
Preface to the Russian Edition of 1882
Preface to the German Edition of 1890

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About the author (1985)

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.

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