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The Communist Manifesto (Penguin Classics) (original 1848; edition 2002)

by Karl Marx (Author)

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Founding document of the modern working-class movement, published in 1848. Explains why communism is not a set of preconceived principles but the line of march of the working class toward power, ¿springing from an existing class struggle, a historical movement going on under our very eyes.¿
Title:The Communist Manifesto (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Karl Marx (Author)
Info:Penguin Classics (2002), Edition: 1, 304 pages
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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx (Author) (1848)

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I'm not rating this because I don't want to but as a sociology and a political science major, I have read parts of this or the whole work enough times to appreciate the impact of this work. Marx and Engels writing in order to convince common people is so different from some of their other writings I have read of theirs when they are writing for other academics. Though we may view this work as hopelessly idyllic and impossible, I don't think you can over state the impact this work has had on many fields. Marx is considered one of the fathers of sociology and not because all sociologists are communists but rather because of his theories on class and alienation. Even though the society Marx and Engels propose here looks very different from out society today, there are still some changes that have been made to fit this vision in some countries, such as universal education in the U.S. I think there are lots of fair criticisms of this work (many later theorists have elaborated on or refuted this work) but I don't think the reputation this book has is always a fair one and I would encourage people to read it for themselves.
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
The Communist Manifesto makes a good case against communism. Enough said. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
I don't really know how to rate this, so assume my 3 stars is neutral in this case. Really interesting and insightful read. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
I’ll be doing a real review when I read the book end-to-end. I read the actual manifesto part, and I read some of the prefaces of the editions/translations, so I’m counting it as a read. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
A classic of political thought

Written in 1848, this seminal work inspired the likes of Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro and Mao Tse Tung, although nowhere are, say, doctors paid the same as everyone else . ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
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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
Moners i Sinyol, JordiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, SamuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rees, W. J.Translatorsecondary 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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Founding document of the modern working-class movement, published in 1848. Explains why communism is not a set of preconceived principles but the line of march of the working class toward power, ¿springing from an existing class struggle, a historical movement going on under our very eyes.¿

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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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