Marx, Engels, and Marxisms

Engels before Marx

Authors: Carver, Terrell

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  • Based on close readings of Engels' early writings spanning around a decade
  • Timed for the 200th anniversary of Engels' birth in 2020
  • Explores political radicalism in the arts under conditions of repression
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This book examines the life and works of Friedrich Engels during the decade before he entered a political partnership with Karl Marx. It takes a thematic approach in three substantial chapters: Imagination, Observation, and Vocation. Throughout, the reader sees the world from Engels’s perspective, not knowing how his story will turn out. This approach reveals the multifaceted and ambitious character of young Friedrich’s achievements from age sixteen till just turning twenty-five. At the time that he accepted Marx’s invitation to co-author a short political satire, Engels was far better known and much more accomplished. He had published many more articles on far more subjects, in both German and English, than Marx had managed. Moreover, he had written a critique of political economy from a perspective unique in the German context, and published his own pioneering and substantial study of working class conditions in an industrializing economy. Offering an innovative approach to a largely neglected period of Engels’s life before meeting Marx, Carver upends standard narratives in existing biographical studies of Engels to reveal him as an important figure not just in relation to his more famous collaborator, but a key voice in the liberal-democratic, constitutional and nation-building revolutionism of the 1830s and 1840s.

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Terrell Carver is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He is a co-editor of Palgrave's Marx, Engels, and Marxisms series, and is widely published in this area. His recent publications include a two-volume study of “The German Ideology” manuscripts with Daniel Blank (Palgrave, 2014).


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Engels before Marx
Authors
Series Title
Marx, Engels, and Marxisms
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42371-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42371-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42370-4
Series ISSN
2524-7123
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 111
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