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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (22 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198782659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198782650
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.6 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 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 Marxism: Essential Writings, also published by Oxford University Press.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H. Munawar on 28 Dec. 2012
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Very Nice book, Used for creating notes for the university. Serves the purpose and intentions, though have not yet read in full.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2014
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Whether I love it or not is a different matter. It is dense, requires lots of comprehension of the terms he uses 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 in what he covers. The mind of the man is broad, deep and has an extra dimension entitled colossal.

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 and how it constrains the individual into the formation of a social class. Whatever way you twist you will come up against Marx as a brick wall wrapped around the modern era.

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 within the Western World however has not occurred en masse as he visualised...at least not yet economically perhaps culturally. 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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Derek Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2011
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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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