Marx and Le Capital
Evaluation, History, Reception
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Over the past few years, Marx’s Capital has received renewed academic and popular attention. This volume is dedicated to the history of the making, the theoretical evaluation, and the analysis of the dissemination and reception of an almost unknown version of Capital: the French translation, published between 1872 and 1875, to which Marx participated directly.
In revising this version, Marx decided to introduce some additions and modifications, not hesitating to describe in the postscript Le Capital as ‘a scientific value independent of the original’. To mark the 150th anniversary of the French translation of Capital (1872-2022), 15 authors have helped to shed light on its history and main features, as well as analysing its later fortunes in France and in the rest of the world. They also provide a more exhaustive account of the ideas of the "late" Marx. The book also includes a previously unpublished selection of 31 letters from correspondence of Karl Marx, Maurice Lachâtre, Just Vernouillet and Friedrich Engels related to the making of Le Capital. 10 of these letters by Marx were only recently rediscovered and are translated here for the first time in English.
This book is an indispensable source for academic communities who are increasingly interested in rediscovering Marx beyond 20th century Marxism. Moreover, it will be of appeal to graduate students, as well as established scholars, interested in French socialism and the history of the labour movement.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction (Marcello Musto)
Part I: The Value of Le Capital
2. Marx's ‘Capital’ after the Paris Commune: The Falling Rate of Employment and the Fate of the Working Class
(David Norman Smith)
3. Marx’s French Edition of ‘Capital’ as Unexplored Territory: From the Centralisation of Capital to Societies
Beyond Western Europe (Kevin B. Anderson)
4. The French Edition of ‘Capital’ and the Question of Colonialism (Jean-Numa Ducange)
5. Engels and ‘Le Capital’: The Politics of the Fourth Edition of ‘Das Kapital’ (1890) (Terrell Carver)
Part II: The Making of Le Capital
6. ‘Le Capital’: A Transnational, Family, and Personal Endeavour (Kenneth Hemmerechts and Nohemi
Jocabeth Echeverria Vicente)
7. From Moscow to Paris: The Russian Roots of the First French Translation of Marx’s ‘Capital’ (Guillaume
8. Reading ‘Le Capital’: Marx as a Translator (Paul Reitter)
9. An Unfinished Project: Marx’s Last Words on ‘Capital’ (Michael R. Krätke)
Part III: The Dissemination and the Reception of Le Capital
10. The Contradictory Reception of the French Edition of ‘Capital’ (Jean-Numa Ducange and Jean Quétier)
11. A Tale of Two Translations: A Comparison of the Roy-Marx and Lefebvre Translations of ‘Capital’, Volume I
(Alix Bouffard and Alexandre Feron)
12. The French Edition of ‘Capital’ in Germany, France, Anglophone Countries, and Japan (Babak Amini)
Part IV: Letters on Le Capital
13. Selected Correspondence on the French Translation of ‘Capital’, Karl Marx, Maurice Lachâtre, Just
Vernouillet, and Friedrich Engels (Introduced, edited, and translated by Patrick Camiller)
Marcello Musto is Professor of Sociology at York University, Canada.