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Karl Marx: Selected Writings [Paperback]

Karl Marx , David McLellan
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3 Aug 2000
This second edition of McLellan's comprehensive selection of Marx's writings includes carefully selected extracts from the whole range of Marx's political, philosophical and economic thought. Each section of the book deals with a different period of Marx's life with the sections arranged in chronological order, thus allowing the reader to trace the development of Marx's thought, from his early years as a student and political journalist in Germany right through to his final letters of the early 1880s.

The inclusion of extracts from some of Marx's less well-known works alongside selections from classic texts such as The Communist Manifesto and Capital provides the reader with an unparalleled overview of Marx's thinking, whilst Professor McLellan's fully updated and revised introduction and bibliographical notes accompanying each extract put Marx's writings into biographical and historical context. This edition also includes a general bibliography and a full index of names and ideas as well as a new general introduction for each section of the book by Professor McLellan.

As with the first edition, this comprehensive and clearly structured selection of Marx's writings will be essential reading for all those interested in the political thought of this perennially important figure in Western political philosophy.

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (3 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198782659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198782650
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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David McLellan is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Kent. He has written and edited numerous works on Marx and Marxism, including

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Selection of Marx's Writings. 5 July 1999
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This is an excellent selection of the writings of Karl Marx. This includes many writings which do not make it into the usual Marx/Engels Readers; Writings including Marx's Letters, his criticism of Bakunin, more writings on economics than in the usual Reader, and so on. One flaw of it, though, is that it does not contain the later writings of Engels writen after Marx's death. I suppose this is to be expected; It is after all *Marx's* writings, not Engels. However, the loss does not affect it much, and the book is still one of the most valuable tomes of Marxism I've bought. I'd recommend anyone interested in the thought of Karl Marx to get this book; If one is interested in both the writings of Marx and Engels, I'd recommend they get this book and the Marx/Engels Reader to supplement it. I have both, and both are fascinating.
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By Derek Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER
This selection of Marx's works edited by McClellan is wide enough to enable one to determine Marx's importance as a political thinker. Engels forever saw Marx's central achievement as "scientific socialism", but Marxism is not a science for its predictions are inaccurate. Marx wrongly predicted that workers would remain close to subsistence level, with many reduced to "pauperism". He was wrong to predict inexorably falling profits. He thought society would divide into just two classes but failed to see the rise of the managerial class and white collar workers in general. He predicted revolutions in advanced countries, but revolutions have been in backward countries such as Russia and China and Marxist only in name.

If Engels was wrong did Marx contribute anything of lasting significance? What about historical materialism? Engels compared Marx's "law of development of human history" with Darwin's "law of development of organic nature." The theory supposes that economic relations provide the substructure of society which determines the nature of the "superstructure", i.e. the law, form of government, culture etc. The theory of the dialectic used in this way has been discredited, and too many of Marx's followers adopted a crude economic determinism. However, a refined historical materialism helps us to understand that many institutions, ideas and events are at least influenced by economic matters. The European Reformation and the English Civil War are among events illuminated by the kernel of truth in historical materialism.

The theory of the class struggle is inextricably interwoven with historical materialism, for it is through the class struggle that history unfolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turn the Glass Upside Down 5 Jun 2014
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Whether I love it or not is a different matter. It is dense requires lots of comprehension of the terms and an understanding of economics. Brought back to it after reading about Maurice Saatchi and his "conversion" to Marx as a predictor of the current position of the state. This is just his selected readings, they are immense in depth and what he covers.

In some sections he appears to be just point scoring against Proudhon and Stirner plus the Young Hegelians (German Ideology in particular) in others he offers an incisive critique of current monopoly capitalism. Whatever the views are on the immanence of his millenarian vision, the economics analysis as Saatchi has depicted requires a great deal of reflection on what he has uncovered. Whilst Weber is credited in looking at the realm of ideas and how status groups emerge, this is not far from what Marx was also writing about see his 1872 speech at the end. Ultimately he saw two classes emerging, the super rich who ran the monopolies and those engaged in full time work to survive. Pauperisation however has not occurred en masse as he visualised...at least not yet economically. But with the decrease in the levels of critical analysis there is an intellectual pauperisation to the levels that Pavlov would have appreciated, as the ideology of the ruling classes and the belief in their sanctity has overtaken religion as the main social belief.

Here he unpicks the various belief systems that have kept capitalism trundling on for over two hundred years and lays them bare. Within the present climate his analysis has struck a chord with the libertarian right more than the working class itself. It is the world turned upside down. He never predicted that
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good sum! 23 Jan 2012
By akerta
This is a great edition of Marx's work. The work is presented in chronological order, which is really helpful to follow the way in which Marx's ideas develop. In addition, each 'historical' section is preceded by a short contextualising comment by McLellan which is very helpful indeed. If you are studying Marx a little more in depth, you will be glad you got this book.
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