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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
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The Communist Manifesto (1848)

by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels (Author)

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Series: Reclam

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Critically and textually up-to-date, this new edition of the classic translation (Samuel Moore, 1888) features an introduction and notes by the eminent Marx scholar David McLellan, prefaces written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels subsequent to the original 1848 publication, and corrections of errors made in earlier versions. Regarded as one of the most influential political tracts ever written, The Communist Manifesto serves as the foundation document of the Marxist movement. This summary of the Marxist vision is an incisive account of the world-view Marx and Engels had evolved during their hectic intellectual and political collaboration of the previous few years.… (more)
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Short, readable, to the point. The predictive parts were outdated shortly after publishing the manifesto, but the analytical parts were highly interesting and often spot on.

Reading this primary source corrected a couple of misunderstandings for me: I had laboured under an incorrect understanding of bourgeoisie, for example, which here is used to describe startup culture perfectly (honestly.)
There's also a section that draws a distinction between reactionary socialism and conservative socialism, which was helpful considering that I tend to use those terms interchangeably (and also mostly see them used that way). ( )
  _rixx_ | May 24, 2020 |
A short and relatively clear account of communism's central principles. Some historical references need unpacking, and certain debates and controversies now seem dated, but overall still a good place to start for anyone trying to get a grip on Marx's ideas.

Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and illustrator.
  Gareth.Southwell | May 23, 2020 |
glad to have read it. ( )
  DerekCaelin | May 5, 2020 |
335.4 MAR
  alessandragg | Apr 24, 2020 |
Yeah it's quite good ( )
  Neal_Anderson | Apr 17, 2020 |
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» Add other authors (119 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Marx, KarlAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Engels, FriedrichAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruhat, JeanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fetscher, IringAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hobsbawm, Eric J.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahtinen, MikkoAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linderborg, ÅsaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, SamuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Mark F.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tailleur, MichèleEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, A. J. P.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trotsky, LeonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Penguin Australia

5 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140447571, 0141018933, 0143106260, 0141194898, 0451531841

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