The Communist Manifesto
The Political Classic
1. Edition February 2021
176 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
DISCOVER THE WORK THAT LAUNCHED REVOLUTIONS AROUND THE WORLD
Although it was published in 1848, The Communist Manifesto is as controversial and provocative as ever. Its stirring and poetic language helped spread Marx and Engels' socialist message far and wide, unleashing a century of political revolution.
In an age of great inequality, the Manifesto's message of an exploited and suffering working class that must rise up and claim the means of production and wealth continues to resonate. This deluxe edition features an insightful introduction from Tom Butler-Bowdon which explains how the text came to be written, and why it remains popular.
Manifesto of the Communist Party 11
I Bourgeois and Proletarians 13
II Proletarians and Communists 37
III Socialist and Communist Literature 55
1. Reactionary Socialism 57
A. Feudal Socialism 57
B. Petty-Bourgeois Socialism 60
C. German or "True" Socialism 62
2. Conservative or Bourgeois Socialism 67
3. Critical-Utopian Socialism and Communism 69
IV Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties 75
A: Letter from Engels to Marx, 24 November 1847 83
B: Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith 87
C: The Principles of Communism 9
Friedrich Engels worked in his family's cotton manufacturing business, but in his private time mixed with radicals. His book The Condition of the Working Class in England was an exposé of the terrible factory conditions and child labour of the time. Engels was Marx's lifelong collaborator, and he edited the unfinished volumes of Das Kapital after Marx's death.
Tom Butler-Bowdon is Series Editor of the Capstone Classics series, and has provided Introductions for Plato's Republic, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, Machiavelli's The Prince, Florence Scovel Shinn's The Game of Life and How to Play It, and Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he is also the author of 50 Economics Classics (2017) and 50 Politics Classics (2015).