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Marx (Modern Masters) [Paperback]

David McLellan
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14 April 1975 Modern Masters
Since his death in 1883, Marx has been revised, distorted and rediscovered. This work provides a survey of Marx's life and his contributions to the varied fields of history, economics and politics.
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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press; First Edition edition (14 April 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000633833X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006338338
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID MCLELLAN is Professor of Political Theory at Goldsmiths College, London, UK. He has written over 20 books on Marx and Marxism, many of which have been translated into foreign languages. His most recent publications are Simone Weil: Utopian Pessimist and Unto Caesar: The Political Relevance of Christianity.

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Since his death in 1883, Marx has been revised, distorted and rediscovered. But, as David McLellan shows, recent research and scholarship have provided the documentation and perspective that are enabling a more coherent picture to emerge.

This book is a survey of Marx’s life, of his contribution to the varied fields of history, economies and politics, and of his subsequent interpretation by a writer whose own studies of Marx and marxian thought have played a major part in fostering this process of redefinition.

“An ideal introduction to Marx”
RICHARD GEARY, 'Times Higher Education Supplement'

“A real first-class read, clear-cut and highly articulate commentary…an example of that rare breed, the successful encapsulation.”
ANTHONY MASTERS, 'Birmingham Post'

“Hats off to Mr McLellan for taking up only ninety pages in reciting the basic notions of 'Capital' and 'The Communist Manifesto', while finding time 'en route' for the information that the Marx family went regularly for Sunday picnics on Hampstead Heath.”
ROBERT NYE, 'Scotsman'

“McLellan’s pages on Marx are a triumph of concentrated exposition.”

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful summary of Marx's ideas 25 July 2013
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Though now quite old, this remains a very useful summary of Marx's ideas. In places, especially in the economic sections, the meaning is not always evident, though this apparent obscurity is due more to severe compression of content because of limited space than to any defect in the writing. Indeed, the prose is very clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem. 10 Oct 2011
This is a great introductory text book. It's quite short only 88 pages long but every page is wonderful.McLellan's grasp of Marx (not Marxism)is wonderful. I have to say from experience that you will get closer to what Marx was about through reading this book than reading many other much longer books. It's because McLellan has such a deep knowledge of Marx that he can say so much with so few words.I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about Marx.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Overview Of Marx's Work! 5 Mar 2004
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When one considers the overall impact of Karl Marx's thought on subsequent events in the history of the later nineteenth and twentieth century, one recognizes just how helpful a work like this can be to the beginning student of the writings of Karl Marx and Engels, with this collection of the essential works of this pioneering socialist, which one has to consider absolutely essential reading. Its list of included works covers the waterfront of all that is required to gain a fruitful first look at the wealth of his philosophical musings, and the nature of his revolutionary canon, as well. Reading this material is essential if one is to understand the depth of Marx's understanding and the detail of his genius, however discredited he may be in current estimations. Indeed, with the rise of international corporatism is so close to his prognostications regarding the final phases of capitalism that it is hard to deny his continuing relevance.
Included here is everything from the Communist Manifesto all the way to Volume One of Das Capital. One can gain a better appreciation for his ideas regarding the way in which the antagonism between the oppressed and the oppressors provides the motive force for history, and how all history is the history of such class struggles between the owners of the means of production, on the one hand, and the workers, who have nothing to barter with but their considerable capacity to accomplish labor. If one want to gain a better appreciation for the nuances regarding how alienation is created buy the organization of work, or the origin of property, or even the ways in which all of the aspects of a particular society's culture are manifestations of the values of the ruling class, then a careful reading of the material found here will serve you well. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy
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