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Does the closing of the cold war era open up the possibility of reading the Communist Manifesto in new ways? In the first teaching edition of the post-Cold War era, Toews proposes new guidelines for reassessing the work to help students reconstruct the meaning of the Manifesto in its time and at the close of the twentieth century. Together with the complete text of the work, this brief volume includes some key foundational documents by Hegel, Feverbach, Marx, Engels, and others that show the evolution of and influences on Marxist theory over time. The editor's introduction traces the trajectory of Marx's thought from the 1830s onward, while providing background on the political, social, and intellectual contexts of which the Manifesto was a historical product.


This edition of "The Communist Manifesto" includes an introduction that traces the trajectory of Marx's thought from the 1840s onward and provides background on the political, social and intellectual contexts of which the manifesto was an historical product.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 174-176) and index.

About the Author

John E. Toews (Ph.D., Harvard University) is professor of history at the University of Washington and has also taught at Columbia University. He has published widely on the theory and practice of contemporary historiography, the history of psychoanalysis, and the development of historical consciousness in nineteenth-century German culture, including Hegelianism: The Path Toward Dialectical Humanism (1981). He was the recipient of a MacArthur Prize fellowship and is completing a book on the culture of historicism in Berlin during the 1840s.

Table of Contents




  Introduction: Historical Contexts of the Communist Manifesto

    The Immediate Historical Contexts of the Manifesto

    Historical Premises of the Manifesto

    Specters of Politics and Ideology

    From the Manifesto to Capital: The Lessons of History and the Laws of History




  Note on the Text


  Manifesto of the Communist Party




  1. A Credo for the Communist League

    Frederick Engels, Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith, June 9, 1847


  2. From Confession to Manifesto

    Frederick Engels, from A Letter to Karl Marx, November 23/24, 1847


  3. Lessons from England: The Nature and Impact of the Industrial Revolution

    Frederick Engels, from The Condition of the Working Class in England, 1845


  4. Utopian Socialism and the Principle of Cooperation

    Robert Owen, from Report to the County of Lanark, 1820


  5. Utopian Socialism and the Science of Attraction

    Charles Fourier, from The Theory of the Four Movements and of the General Destinies, 1808


  6. Utopian Socialism and the Labor Process: Fourier on Attractive Labor

    Charles Fourier, from The Theory of Universal Unity, 1841-1843


  7. Utopian Socialism and the Labor as the Core of Social Exchange

    Robert Owen, from Report to the County of Lanark, 1820


  8. The People's Charter

    The Six Points of the People's Charter, 1838


  9. Chartist "Socialism"

    James Bronterre O'Brien, Private Property, 1841


  10. Hegel on Freedom

    G. W. F. Hegel, from Reason in History: A General Introduction to the Philosophy of History, 1837


  11. Marx and the Momentum of Emancipation

    Karl Marx, from Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Law, 1844


  12. The Critique of Political Emancipation

    Karl Marx, from On the Jewish Question, 1843


  13. The Principle of Sensuous Existence

    Ludwig Feuerbach, from Principles of the Philosophy of the Future, 1843


  14. Alienated Labor

    Karl Marx, from The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, 1844


  15. Constructing a Historial Materialism

    Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach, 1845


  16. The Premises of a Marxian Theory of History

    Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, from The German Ideology, 1845-1846


  17. Marx and the Lessons of Revolution I

    Karl Marx, from The Class Struggles in France, 1848-1850, 1852


  18. Marx and Lessons of the Revolution II

    Karl Marx, from The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, 1852


  19. The Impact of Revolutionary Failure: The Collapse of Working-Class Politics

    Karl Marx, from Inaugural Address of the Working Men's International Association, October 1864


  20. The Return to Hegel

    Karl Marx, Afterword to the Second German Edition of Capitol, 1873


  21. The Hidden Reality of Bourgeois Society

    Karl Marx, The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof, 1867


  22. Engels on Marx's Legacy

    Frederick Engels, Speech at Karl Marx's Funeral, March 1883




  Chronology for the Historical Contexts of the Manifesto (1765-1895)

  Questions for Consideration

  Selected Bibliography



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Toews, John E.
Bedford Books
Toews, John E.
Marx, Karl
Toews, John E.
Engels, Friedrich
Engels, Frederick
General History
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Economic Conditions
Politics - General
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