The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings - Marx, Marat, Paine, Mao, Gandhi and Others
This concise anthology presents a broad selection of writings by the world's leading revolutionary figures. Spanning three centuries, the works include such milestone documents as the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789), and the Communist Manifesto (1848). It also features writings by the Russian revolutionaries Lenin and Trotsky...more
(first published January 15th 2003)
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This book contains writings by philosophers Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Mohandas Gandhi, Jacques Rousseau, and others. The book is sort of long (only 300 pages, but they are long), but so far I've read Marx and Rousseau. Rousseau states how mankind has established social divisions throughout history, and how they are unfair. He tells a story of how different people put themselves in higher positions just because they were more fit or just more fortunate. Marx describes how the great powers of E...more
Used with care, this anthology of radical essays and manifestos would serve as an excellent primary-source reader for a world history or Great Ideas course. The editor begins, appropriately, with a long section on the French Revolution and its precursors, the highlights of which include a substantial excerpt from Rousseau's Discourse on the Origins of Inequality (spoiler alert: private property is to blame), Sieyes' “What Is the Third Estate?”, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and Marechal...more
As I mentioned in a blogpost last week (http://bit.ly/PdMDJd), this book opened my eyes. How much do most of us really know about revolution and socialism? I remember doing Marxist readings of media texts in university, but this begs the question 'how?' since I had never read his greatest writing?
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I have to say that it was an interesting read. I am thinking that it should be a mandatory read for all high school students. People need to understand exactly what dominated our world history for 50+ years. Marx's communism was nothing like what the Russian government implemented after the revolution of 1917. He would have been ashamed. Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating communism. But Marx had some good points; in an ideal world where people are fair and just.
Dec 05, 2013 Alexander rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Fairly useful as a textbook -- contains a lot of different revolutionary documents, although they should include more documents from the American Revolution. Perhaps they succumb to the European view (that has become regnant among many American academics as well) that the American Revolution wasn't a 'real' revolution. Rousseau's Second Discourse is included, but so much is cut from it that it becomes less useful for a philosophy class, where there is greater interest in the theory of human natu...more
I really enjoyed the essays that Blaisdell included in this anthology. It was interesting to see the progression of revolutionary thought from Rousseau to Marx to Che Guevara, especially when the authors quoted other authors included in the anthology. I especially like that Blaisdell didn't shrink from including authors that Americans consider or are taught to consider reprehensible human beings. Seeing writing from Lenin, Mao Zedong, and others makes it clear that we only get one side of the st...more
Aug 30, 2011 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Excellent collections of writings that trully have changed the world over the last few centuries. The several revolutions may have represented different ideals, but all were great accomplishments by men and women fighting for what they believed in. The book leans more towards radical ideals such as Socialism, Communisum, Marxism, and Anarchism, and wheather you agree with these ideals is really irrelavent because its not a book to convert you to these ideals. The goal is to make you informed as...more