The Communist Manifesto of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is by far the most famous and most influential political document in world history. Yet its origins as a slight pamphlet were obscure, being first published in London in 1848 by a group of German immigrant workers and political refugees. To mark the acquisition of a rare first edition by the British Library, this talk by one of our greatest historians, Eric Hobsbawm, will explain how and why the Manifesto emerged, before going on to play an extraordinary role in world history. The event is chaired by Gareth Stedman Jones, Professor of Political Science, King's College, Cambridge. Presented in association with Jewish Book Week Other associated events: Operation last chance: Efraim Zuroff's quest to bring war criminals to justice Koestler: The indispensable intellectual (vulgarboatman)
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