Strife has raged about Karl Marx for decades, and never had it been so embittered as at the time of this book’s first publication, 1936. Marx had impressed his image on the time as not other had done. To some he was – and still is – a fiend, the arch-enemy of human civilisation, and the prince of chaos, while to others he is a far-seeing and beloved leader, guiding the human race towards a brighter future. The arena in which Marx was fought about in 1936 was in the factories, in the parliaments and at the barricades. In both camps, the bourgeois and the socialist, Marx was first of all, if not exclusively, the revolutionary. This book sets out to describe the life of Marx the fighter.
1. Origins and Childhood 2. A Happy Year at Bonn 3. Jenny von Westphalen 4. Student Years in Berlin 5. Philosophy Under Censorship 6. The Germans Learn French 7. The Communist Artisans of Paris 8. The Life-Long Friend 9. Clarification 10. Face to Face With Primitive Communism 11. The Communist League 12. The Revolutionary Tempest 13. The ‘Mad Year’ in Cologne 14. Defeat With Honour 15. The End of the Communist League 16. The Sleepless Night of Exile 17. The International Working Men’s Association 18. Michael Bakunin 19. The Franco-Prussian War 20. The Downfall of the International 21. The Last Ten Years
Marxist thought continues to be relevant in the modern world, perhaps to the surprise of those who celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall with the declaration that democracy and the market had ‘won’ the march of history. This 23-volume set collects together both accounts of the development of Marxism and critiques of its thinking. Out-of-print or had to find, these titles form an essential reference source for the understanding of Marxism in all its varied facets.