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Karl Marx: The Political Writings

  • New paperback 1116 pages.
  • Verso 2019.
  • First published in English 1850.
  • ISBN: 9781788736862.


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History, Philosophy, Revolutionary Strategy

This book brings together all three volumes of Karl Marx’s most essential political and historical writings in one book.

Volume 1: The Revolutions of 1848: Marx and Engels had sketched out the principles of scientific communism by 1846. Yet it was from his intense involvement in the abortive German Revolution of 1848 that Marx developed a depth of practical understanding he would draw on in Capital and throughout his later career. This volume includes his great call to arms, The Communist Manifesto, but also shows how tactical alliances with the bourgeoisie failed, after which Marx became firmly committed to independent workers’ organizations and the idea of permanent revolution. The articles offer trenchant analyses of events in France, Poland, Prague, Berlin and Vienna, while speeches set out changing communist tactics. 


  • The Communist Manifesto.
  • Speeches on Poland.
  • Articles from Neue Rheinische Zeitung.
  • And much more!

Volume 2: Surveys from Exile: In the 1850s and early 1860s Marx played an active part in politics, and his prolific journalism from London offered a constant commentary on all the main developments of the day. During this time Marx began to interpret the British political scene and express his considered views on Germany, Poland and Russia, the Crimean War and American Civil War, imperialism in India and China, and a host of other key issues. The Class Struggles in France develops the theories outlined in The Communist Manifesto into a rich and revealing analysis of contemporary events, while The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte contains equally stimulating reflections on Napoleon III’s coup d’etat of 1851.


  • The Class Struggles in France.
  • The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte.
  • Articles on Britain.
  • Articles on India and China.
  • And more!

Volume 3: The First International and After: The crucial texts of Marx’s later years – notably ‘The Civil War in France and ‘Critique of the Gotha Programme’ – are among his most important works. As well as his searching analysis of the tragic but inspiring failure of the Paris Commune, this volume includes essays on German unification, the Irish question, the Polish national movement and the possibility of revolution in Russia., The founding documents of the First International, and his polemical pieces attacking the disciples of Proudhon and Bakunin and the advocates of reformism, reveal a tactical mastery that has influenced revolutionary movements ever since.


  • The Civil War in France.
  • Critique of the Gotha Programme.
  • Documents of the First International.
  • On Germany.
  • Letters on Ireland.
  • The Franco-Prussian War.
  • Conspectus of Bakunin’s Statism and Anarchy.
  • And more!

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