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Marx, Engels, and Marxisms

Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx

Authors: Comninel, George C.

  • Stresses the importance of the issues and ideas of the French Revolution in shaping the early development of Marx’s thought
  • Argues that capitalism was still quite new and largely limited to Britain in the mid 19th century, and that Marx was introduced to its importance and implications through Frederick Engels’ initial critique of the ideas of political economists
  • Emphasizes the difference between Marx’s original ideas, based on the central role of alienation and class exploitation in historical social development, and other ideas–drawn from liberal historiography and social theory–sometimes incorporated alongside his own
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This book considers Karl Marx’s ideas in relation to the social and political context in which he lived and wrote. It emphasizes both the continuity of his commitment to the cause of full human emancipation, and the role of his critique of political economy in conceiving history to be the history of class struggles. The book follows his developing ideas from before he encountered political economy, through the politics of 1848 and the Bonapartist “farce,”, the maturation of the critique of political economy in the Grundrisse and Capital, and his engagement with the politics of the First International and the legacy of the Paris Commune. Notwithstanding errors in historical judgment largely reflecting the influence of dominant liberal historiography, Marx laid the foundations for a new social theory premised upon the historical consequences of alienation and the potential for human freedom.


About the authors

George C. Comninel is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics at York University, Canada. He is the author of Rethinking the French Revolution: Marxism and the Revisionist Challenge (1987), as well as articles and chapters on feudalism, the politics of the French Revolution, and Marx’s thought.


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“With this comprehensive book, George Comninel builds on the best of Marx’s major writings and political initiatives, while identifying mistaken and problematic aspects of his theoretical and political legacy. Comninel’s long-standing commitment to improving and developing historical materialism has thus yielded an enormous contribution to social theory, historical sociology and political economy, while providing crucial guidelines for class formation and socialist strategy in our time.” (Leo Panitch, Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada, and Co-editor, Socialist Register)

“This work is a penetrating analysis of the fate of Marxism in the 20th and 21st Centuries. George Comninel both describes the distortion of Marxism in Stalinist Russia and the post-Soviet rebirth of Marxism in the 21st Century led predominantly by the recognition of the Hegelian influence on Marx. All those interested in the contemporary revival of Marxism are required to read this book.” (Norman Levine, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

“By locating Marx’s works in the historical context, George Comninel has provided in this book an insightful interpretation of the development of Marx’s ideas of alienation and emancipation through the critique of political economy as well as a persuasive articulation of the tension between the liberal ideas retained in Marx’s works and Marx’s own historical materialist approach to history.”(Zhang Shuangli, Professor, Fudan University, China)

 

 

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eBook 63,06 €
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Hardcover 80,24 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57623-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx
Authors
Series Title
Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57534-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57534-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57623-1
Series ISSN
2524-7123
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 342
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