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The Revolutionary Ideas Of Karl Marx

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Few thinkers have been declared irrelevant and out of date with such frequency as Karl Marx. Hardly a decade since his death has gone by in which establishment critics have not announced the death of his theory. Whole forests have been felled to produce the paper necessary to fuel this effort to marginalize the coauthor of The Communist Manifesto.And yet, despite their bes ...more
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Published by Bookmarks (first published November 19th 1995)
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Henry Louis
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was terrific, albeit extremely dense. Which is not to say it was difficult to read; its clarity is its selling point. It's just that every page is packed with information which takes some time to digest.

I read the 2011 Haymarket edition, which is essentially a reprint of the original 1983 version with a new intro. Obviously, a book written in 1983 is going to be dated in parts, particularly the final chapter "Marx Today," which contains some hindsight howlers like "computer terminals are un
Ben Benson
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an incredible read. I've gone through a LOT of David Harvey's lectures on Capital but this work expands into other territories. Also, if you are also interested in history, the first couple chapters give some great historical information. The most "technical" part or what I might call the economic "math-ish" part is chapter 6 which one should go slowest with, it's also the longest chapter. Everything else is very smooth reading. Excellent.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good introduction to Marxist thought, easy to read and understand. The power of explanation that Marxism brings to many aspects of life is clearly set out. It is this power that will continue to give Marxism life beyond the fall of the Stalinist regimes in Eastern Europe. Highly recommended to anyone seeking to understand Karl Marx's ideas.
Daniel Bickle-Lazarow
If you’ve heard the word socialism a lot recently and are interested in what everyone’s talking about, this is the best and most clear brief explanation and history of Marx’s life and ideas.

Certainly a better spot to start than the communist manifesto
Cliff Lorick
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear, easy to read overview of Marx and Marxism. Well worth a read for anyone interested in the theory and application of Marxism.
Trevor Maloney
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short but dense introduction to one of the greatest thinkers of the modern era.
mimosa maoist
Honestly? Everybody should read this.
Nguyễn Trung
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marx's theory is highly controversial, and as such is notorious for being misunderstood, both by its detractors and even its supporters. However, I feel that this book did a fairly good job at summarizing his main ideas, spread out in various writings, in a compact and readable size, though I cannot ascertain his accuracy in doing so, since this is my first serious read on Marx.

It was a good introduction into Marx, to give someone an idea of what Marx was saying without subjecting him to the mo
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brilliantly and clearly explains Karl Marx's philosophical, economic, and sociological ideas, and sets them in the context of Marx's own life and revolutionary struggles and the the philosophical and economic ideas that had come before him. Also succinctly explains why Marx's ideas are still relevant today.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very good - sometimes brilliant - book, which gives a sound introduction to the central precepts of Marx and Marxism. Its chief weakness is that it is too uncritical throughout, failing really to give an account of where Marx's mistakes were made, and what later writers did to address them. Overall though, a very worthwhile read.
Abyss Str
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα εξαιρετικό εισαγωγικό βιβλίο που παρουσιάζει ευσύνοπτα και εμβριθώς τις πολιτικές ιδέες του Καρλ Μαρξ, την προέλευση τους, την εξέλιξη τους, τα κομβικά ιστορικά γεγονότα που τις διαμόρφωσαν και τον λόγο που ακόμη και σήμερα είναι επίκαιρες.
Titus Hjelm
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Solid Callinicos. If you're skeptical about the prospects of socialism in the real world, you're excused for not taking everything in this book at face value, but for a Marx enthusiast this is a good intro that tackles multiple issues.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Callinicos did an excellent job of delving deeply into the impetus of Marx's thought and work without bogging down or losing the unfamiliar reader. A great introduction to a truly revolutionary thinker!
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Probably the best synopsis of Marx's ideas out there. For the Everyman, and anyone who wants to study Marx further but would like a foothold on the theory from the outset.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
never ever finished a marx but now i can't wait to eat them all. an extremely motivating book and descreptively written.
Great, concise summary of the ideas of Marx.
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best commentary I ever found on Karl Marx and his ideas. I struggled to understand dialectical materialism until I read Callinicos's explanation.
Yonis Gure
If you're looking for an introduction to Marx the historical figure, Communism in practice and Marxism as a theory, look no further.
Nigel Pearce
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bby far the best introduction to the ideas of Marx
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Alexander Theodore Callinicos, a descendant through his mother of Lord Acton, is a political theorist and Director of the Centre for European Studies at King's College London. He holds both a BA and a DPhil from Oxford University.