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Marx (Modern Masters) Paperback – 14 Apr 1975
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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.”
GABRIEL PEARSON, 'Guardian'
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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