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The Communist Manifesto : A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document - Phil Gasper

The Communist Manifesto

A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document

By: Phil Gasper (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2005
ISBN: 9781931859257
Number Of Pages: 210

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“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This beautifully organized and presented edition of The Communist Manifesto is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader.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.

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. 8
Introduction: History's Most Important Political Documentp. 9
Marxism in a Nutshellp. 24
The Annotated Communist Manifesto
Preamblep. 37
Bourgeois and Proletariansp. 39
Proletarians and Communistsp. 58
Socialist and Communist Literaturep. 72
Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Partiesp. 87
Additional Materials
Afterword: Is the Manifesto Still Relevant?p. 93
Prefaces from Later Editionsp. 118
The 1872 German Edition
The 1882 Russian Edition
The 1883 German Edition
The 1888 English Edition
Engels' The Principles of Communismp. 128
Other Writings by Marx and Engelsp. 149
Marx on Alienation
Demands of the Communist Party in Germany, March 1848
The Materialist Conception of History
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
Women's Oppression and Women's Liberation
The Emergence of Classes and the State
Marx's Legacy
Study and Discussion Questionsp. 194
A Note on the Translationp. 200
Further Readingp. 202
Glossaryp. 206
Referencesp. 214
Indexp. 218
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ISBN: 9781931859257
ISBN-10: 1931859256
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st October 2005
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.42 x 19.68  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated