Capital - Karl Marx (Paperback)

A Critique of Political Economy

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Presents a critique of private property and the social relations it generates. This book argues that capitalism would create an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, predicting its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production.

Product Details

Barcode
9780140445688
Department
Books
Released
5 May 1992
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Karl Marx
Ben Fowkes (Translator)
Ernest Mandel (Introduction by)
Subtitle
A Critique of Political Economy
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Edition
Reprint
Series
Penguin Classics
Volume
1
Language
English
Number of Pages
1152
Dimensions
197 x 133 x 44mm (776g)

Summary

The first volume of a political treatise that changed the world

One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, Capital is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates. Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis and create fresh insights. Arguing that capitalism would cause an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, he predicted its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production. Capital rapidly acquired readership among the leaders of social democratic parties, particularly in Russia in Germany, and ultimately throughout the world, to become a work described by Marx friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels as “the Bible of the working class.”

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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General Subject
Business/Economics
BISAC Subject 1
Business & Economics / Free Enterprise
BISAC Subject 2
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
BISAC Subject 3
Political Science / History & Theory
BIC Classification 1
Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies
BIC Classification 2
Marxism & Communism
BIC Classification 3
Political science & theory
Library Subject 1
Capital.
Library Subject 2
Economics.
Library Subject 3
Labor economics
Academic Subject 1
Marxian Economics
Dewey Classification
335.4/1

Author Bio

Karl Marx was born in 1818 in Trier, Germany and studied in Bonn and Berlin. Influenced by Hegel, he later reacted against idealist philosophy and began to develop his own theory of historical materialism. He related the state of society to its economic foundations and mode of production, and recommended armed revolution on the part of the proletariat. Together with Engels, who he met in Paris, he wrote the Manifesto of the Communist Party. He lived in England as a refugee until his death in 1888, after participating in an unsuccessful revolution in Germany.

Ernst Mandel was a member of the Belgian TUV from 1954 to 1963 and was chosen for the annual Alfred Marshall Lectures by Cambridge University in 1978. He died in 1995 and the Guardian described him as 'one of the most creative and independent-minded revolutionary Marxist thinkers of the post-war world.'