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The Communist Manifesto (Oxford World's Classics)

The Communist Manifesto (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Karl Marx , Friedrich Engels , David McLellan
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The greatest charter of our movement. (Rosa Luxemburg)

An integral and systematic exposition of [Marx's] doctrine ... the best to this day. (Lenin)

Laid the foundation for modern socialism. (Karl Kautsky)


The greatest charter of our movement. (Rosa Luxemburg )

An integral and systematic exposition of [Marx's] doctrine ... the best to this day. (Lenin )

Laid the foundation for modern socialism. (Karl Kautsky )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0192829548
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reissue edition (17 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UQ9A9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
By E Parry
Very smart of Bookmarks Publications to print a compact pamphlet-edition of the Communist Manifesto, allowing everyone to get hold of a handy copy for a very small fee. While the foreword is written by one of the Socialist Worker staff, hence it's somewhat (ok that's an understatement) biased, at least it dispenses with the usual hundereds of pages of commentary that frequently occupy publications of this 30-page document. Previously myself and others felt it was necessary to plough through these lengthy (and often misleading) introductions before reading the thing itself, and as a result people often give up before making it that far. It turns out you don't really need to do that as the thing largely speaks for itself; the style is usually quite clear and accessible and the parts that don't seem to make sense are usually the parts that refer to persons or parties of the time (i.e that are out of date).
As for the thing itself, I think I'll avoid saying anything too inflammatory in this review. I think that whether you agree with Marx or not, everyone should read this document (no excuse now it only costs a quid). A lot of people make vast sweeping statements about how Marx was completely wrong when they (and I don't mean everyone) in fact haven't even read the Communist Manifesto. If you can't even be bothered to read 30 pages of relatively easy reading then how can you talk about such things? In any case, Marx is in fact very misunderstood, which is only inevitable given how disagreeable his ideas (the ones he *did* have not the ones people wrongly associate with him) are to some people. You need to read this to understand what Marx was actually for, and what he in fact wasn't.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to inspire deep thought 3 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Whilst the book is not written for the enjoyment of the reader it is written with purpose. This purpose was to formulate and summarise the ideas and ideals of the so called communist movement at the time. However, I believe if one reads the book they will have to concede that Marxs ideas of communism do not mirror those which were brought about by the revolutions of the Twentieth century. To blame Marx for these failed implications of an idealsitic system is to blame Nietzche for the attrocities of the Nazis. Both write with a positive intent and a posiitve message for mankind and neither deserve criticism for this. However, due to their unswerving belief in themselves and their often harsh / revolutionary ideas they were bound to attract it.
This book is as pertinent today as it was when it was written. The huge changes in the political scene, the growth of capitalistic society, the failed attempts at the implication of so called communism and the oversights the authors freely admitted do not retract from the message running through the text.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 21 Mar 2006
By Henry Ireton VINE VOICE
If you have not read this, read it now.
I do not agree with Marx but this book is indispensible to understanding the history of the 20th Century, you cannot reach into the mindset of many of the leading actors without tackling this book. There is a reason so many intelligent men and women saw within this book such a lot of truth and tried (in my view falsely) to apply it to their societies- this is a book which deserves to be read by any individual who thinks that they think. If you have read it and dismissed it or not read it you are not yet someone who has grappled with what the world is or might be. The thesis was when it was published provocative- it borrowed from Hegel, Rousseau and even for one of its most significant phrases Edmund Burke and retains features of Hegelian historical progression and Rousseauian account of the formation of civilised man- put together though it is a work of genius and deserves to be read now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't say that this isn't useful? 1 Nov 2011
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Interesting to say the least, it really does give a different interpretation of today's society. If you are a balanced person, you can't discredit it, because it's just another interpretation and another system for the way we run our lives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This, being one of Marx's earliest works, outlines all his major views in a clear and concise way. Ideal for anyone who is interested in the basics of Marxism and finds the prospect of reading all three Volumes of Das Kapital daunting (as nearly everyone would).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A spectre is haunting Europe...apparently! 9 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Hmmm...where does one start? At the beginning, I suppose, just as Marx tried to when he wrote The Communist Manifesto in the mid-c19, just before the 1848 Revolutions which shook Europe.
Needless to say, Marx (and Engels, his life-long collaborator), were socialists, but had their own distinct 'brand' of the ideology, preferring a revolutionary path to a socialist society rather than the earlier evolutionary socialist thinkers like Owen and Fourier, whom Marx referred to as 'Utopians', working on the basis that the liberal/bourgeois leaders of society would not allow the working-classes to destroy them with their own tools, i.e via parliamentary and democratic routes. Marx believed a revolution was needed to overthrow the bourgeoisie, just as the bourgeoisie had overthrown the previous 'old order', the aristocracy and monarchies, pushed out in England in the c17 and France in the c18, which in turn had overcome the slavery-based mode of production before this. Which is where the beginning came in...
Socialists essentially believe that all humans are necessarily inherently good, but that society corrupted them, to become the greedy blighters that we are today. Marx, then, although believing that in prehistory we were all originally communistic in a primitive sense, says that scarcety and hunger provoked some humans to attack and subjugate others, thus leading to slavery, which in turn was succeeded by serfdom, and so on. This is the interesting bit. Marx, subscribing to the Hegelian ideal of the 'dialectic', though putting it in a historically materialistic context, says that we will not stop having revolutions until we have achieved the fifth historical stage (of communism), as there will be no 'material' conflict left in society. So, in slavery, it was Slave-owner vs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Love him or hate him, he certainly knew how to make an impact. In this perfect little rant Marx bashes the bourgeoisie and fires up the proles! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Den
1.0 out of 5 stars Castles in the sky
Marx and Engels take the position that globalisation is bad and that the spread of trade and free exchange of ideas is bad as it means people aren't satisfied with the old way of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam Quixote
5.0 out of 5 stars Fansastic
Marx is a true philosopher and genius, he outlines the principles of communism very clearly in the Manifesto. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Oscar Meanwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice version and great value
Very nice print of this clasic and well bound hardback.
Would recoment this version to anyone, very good value at this price.
Published 6 months ago by Captain Obvious
5.0 out of 5 stars Done the job.
Got this book to help me in my studies. It was great for referencing and to give more context to what I was studying.
Published 8 months ago by Joan Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing, made me examine my life and capitalism without becoming...
I'm not a total commy now. However I have developed some anti-capitalist sentiment which I think I will carry with me. It's brilliantly unabridged. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital for Political and Social Thinkers
Whether you agree with what is written in it or not, you physically need this manifesto to support your argument either way. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S.E. Haughton
4.0 out of 5 stars An important work which, I suspect, everyone has heard of, but few...
To understand the modern world I think that everyone should at least read Das Kapital, the Koran, the Bible and Mein Kampf. Read more
Published 13 months ago by CJ Twamley
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
We all need to take time out of our busy lives and read this book. The Communist Manifesto tells the evils of CAPITALISM and how we are alienated from our true self so others can... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive introduction
very interesting book but there was some undisclosed notes at the back of the book. Definitely worth giving it a read.
Published 15 months ago by Sophia Pearsun
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