The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document
“What is globalization? Here is one of the best answers. It is the ‘constant revolutionizing of production’ and the ‘endless disturbance of all social conditions.’ It is ‘everlasting uncertainty.’ Everything ‘fixed and frozen’ is ‘swept away,’ and ‘all that is solid melts into air.’ Yes, you have read this before. It is from The Communist Manifesto, by Messrs. Marx and Engels.”—The New York Times
Here, at last, is an authoritative introduction to history’s most important political document, with the full text of The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels.
This beautifully organized and presented edition of The Communist Manifesto is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader.
Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into more languages than any other modern text. It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared “dead.” But year after year, the text only grows more influential, remaining required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics, and history.
“Apart from Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species,” notes the Los Angeles Times, the Manifesto “is arguably the most important work of nonfiction written in the 19th century.” The Washington Post calls Marx “an astute critic of capitalism.” Writing in The New York Times, Columbia University Professor Steven Marcus describes the Manifesto as a “masterpiece” with “enduring insights into social existence.”
The New Yorker recently described Karl Marx as “The Next Thinker” for our era. This book will show readers why.
Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in northern California. He writes extensively on politics and the philosophy of science and is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.
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Bourgeois and Proletarians
Proletarians and Communists
Socialist and Communist Literature
Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties
Is the Manifesto Still Relevant?
Prefaces from Later Editions
History and Revolution
Colonialism Racism Slavery and the Origins of Capitalism
On the Irish Question
The Paris Commune
The Transition to Communism
The Realm of Necessity and the Realm of Freedom
Womens Oppression and Womens Liberation
The Emergence of Classes and the State
The 1882 Russian edition
The 1883 German edition
The 1888 English edition
The Principles of Communism
Other Writings by Marx and Engels
Demands of the Communist Party in Germany March 1848
The Materialist Conception of History