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The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings: Marx, Marat, Paine, Mao Tse-Tung, Gandhi and Others (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Blaisdell , Karl Marx , Gandhi
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This concise anthology presents a broad selection of writings by the world’s leading revolutionary figures. Spanning three centuries, the works include such milestone documents as the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789), and the Communist Manifesto (1848). It also features writings by the Russian revolutionaries Lenin and Trotsky; Marat and Danton of the French Revolution; and selections by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emma Goldman, Mohandas Gandhi, Mao Zedong, and other leading figures in revolutionary thought.
An essential collection for anyone interested in the issues, ideas, and history of the major revolutions of modern times, this book will prove an enlightening companion to students of this genre. Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: The Declaration of Independence.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 949 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Thrift edition (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TVED64
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthology of revolutionary writing 20 Oct. 2006
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This is one of the only anthologies of revolutionary writings that I've discovered and its very affordably priced. It is titled The Communist Manifesto, it does include the title tract but its got so many others too.

There are all the precursors to the communist manifesto, Rousseau, Voltaire, Paine, The American Declaration of Independence, The Third Estate in France, The National Assembly of France, there are other less well known writers Marat, Danton, Marechal, Babeuf, who are all radical anti-clerical and egalitarian agitaters who generally only qualify for footnotes elsewhere.

The "utopian" socialists Owen and Proudhon appear alongside the Communist Manifesto, afterwards the main revolutionaries since then are all included, Lassalle, Kropotkin, Bakunin, Lenin, Trotsky, Goldman, Luxemburg, Ghandi, Mao and Guevara. There's also the manifesto of Charter 77 which lead to the "velvet revolution" in Czechsolvakia.

It's very comprehensive and many of the sources provide a good point and counter point for the discerning and interested reader. For younger readers who're just interested in polemic which warms the blood like wine there's plenty of that too.

Of real interest to me was the declaration of working and exploited people by Lenin and The Provisional Government, this is an essay which Orwell said was characteristic of most socialist literature, an essay from socialists in opposition which became the greatest threat to the socialists in power, its also the essay which Simone Weil deconstructed in her brilliant Oppression and Liberty.

It details how popular sovereignty would replace parliamentary elections, followed by abolition of secret police, capital punishment, censorship and press control. Of course, it was the opposite of what developed from the day and hour of Lenin's coup deposing the Provisional Government.
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When I originally bought this book, it was with the specific purpose of lending it to a friend, I had lost my old one anyway, and she'd asked to borrow it. I must say, that even upon first browsing, that I had struck upon a goldmine for the price I'd paid (about £2.50).
NOt only do we have the fabled communist manifesto, we also are able to view the works of Trotsky, Lenin, Engels, even Mao, Payne and the Declaration of Independence.
This book is well worth the price and I encourage anyone to buy it, even if they have other versions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NIce Anthology for a nice Price 25 Sept. 2005
By Christopher J. Sugar - Published on
For 3.50 you cannot go wrong with this Dover Anthology of revolutionary writings. Spanning the American, French, Russian and Chinese revolutions it offers a broad range from Rousseau to Paine and Mao. One of the best advantages of this edition is that it offers many speeches and small writings that normally would have to be tracked down in a library. Though there are not many completed revolutionary texts in this edition, you have to remember that it is under 5 dollars and that similar, larger anthologies also do not include that manny completed texts. So if you are interested in revolutionary writings this book would be the perfect introduction for you.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and good for someone on the go 30 Jan. 2007
By Vindo - Published on
This is revolution a great book for someone that has somewhere to be. The writings are mostly just a few pages long so you can begin and finish a thought before you have to stop reading. The only setback is that Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" isn't in the book in it's entirety. Only the appendix for "Common Sense" is in it. It is really hard to label that a setback because this book has so much packed into it for such a reasonable price.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mix of views 17 Oct. 2011
By Michael H. Friedline - Published on
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I bought this book because I always wanted to read the communist manifesto; which turned out to be one of the least interesting chapters. The collection overall is fantastic no matter which direction your philosophy points. I really enjoyed the French revolutionaries and the anarchists. I even found the militant collectivists interesting. I was really shocked to find Che Guevara's speech to the United Nations somewhat brilliant and moving. I still despise seeing his face on t-shirts worn by mindless co-eds, but at least he had some redeeming quality.
The writings are in chronological order, which makes it all the more interesting. Knowing that the ideas you are currently reading had most likely been influenced by the ones you already read. The order and dates also add insight to where the philosophers wanted to go and where history tells us mankind ended up. The other reviewers already outlined who's writings are included, so I'll end here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absurd? I don't think so... 28 May 2008
By Philip Gomez - Published on
The reviewer "Scott" argues that the Communist Manifesto is "degrading", and I'd like to know exactly "for whom/what"? Sounds like Scott is either a boss who'd like to see the revival of the "Golden Age of Capitalism" (the Industrial Revolution, which included sub-living wages, child labor, forced overtime, 12-15 hour days, no worker's rights, etc.). Or, more likely, he has never read the Communist Manifesto, which contains within it nothing that is degrading for the working and poor classes, but is in fact a dignifying and uplifting rally-cry for the working class.

Only a person that has never read the Communist Manifesto, or a person belonging to the priveleged class, could argue, honestly, that the Manifesto was degrading. Scott, you should be ashamed.

(By the way, Marx was not the rabid anti-capitalist, pro-Statist, everyone thinks he was - he was in fact the rightful heir to the Paine, Smith, Mill, etc. He followed their arguments to their logical conclusions, and he could not reject history and what capitalism had become by his time. As had been said about communism time and time again, capitalism "is a great idea but doesn't work" - not in the long run, not for the working class. Rather, capitalism had went from liberating people in the 17th and 18th centuries to enslaving them in the 19th and 20th - and 21st - centuries. Marx, like the "founding fathers" of America, had realised that CERTAINLY man needs land/resources to be free, but unlike the founding fathers he was around to see that monopolies were an inevitability in capitalism, and that the population would grow too large for there to be enough land and resources to go around without SHARING. "Private property" had become, by this time, a means of forcing latecomers into service in exchange for table scraps. And of course, the capitalists had abandoned their belief in liberty and human welfare and had become dependent upon the State to protect their hordes of unused/horded wealth and property. Forget the fact that they didn't need all the land and resources they "owned legally", and forget the fact that there were people that DID need it bud didn't have it, and forget the fact that the choice between starvation and work is NOT "freedom" but coercion - forget all this. What became important for the capitalists long before socialism, anarchism, and communism became attractive alternatives to capitalism was not people, but profit. Marx simply was more of a libertarian than the capitalists of his day.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection at a Great Price! 28 Nov. 2013
By Matthew J. Mazauskas - Published on
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This is a pretty decent collection of some influential revolutionary writings. I am not sure why "The Communist Manifesto" is sprawled across the cover, don't let that fool you -- that is not the main piece of this collection of writings.

I have used several of these writings in my classroom as primary source. My students are usually interested in learning more about the time periods we discuss through the selection of texts in this collection. I've had a few students pick the book up and flip through during their lunch break or after school just to read through some of the other writers we don't get to during the year.

I highly recommend this if you are a teacher or student. You also can't beat the price!
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