As one of the most influential thinkers of the modern age, Karl
Marx's political philosophy has resounded throughout politics
and history, from the nineteenth century to the present day. In
recent times however the concept of 'Marxism' has become a
vague term, of uncertain and contestable definition, increasingly
inaccessible to those new to Marx's writings. How are we to
understand 'Marxism' when it has become so open to
In Karl Marx, Paul Thomas introduces the reader to Marx's life
and writings, to show how each cast light on the other. Concise yet
detailed, Thomas concentrates directly on Marx's
nineteenth-century life and works to give a clear, precise guide to
Marx's own thought and action. The book relates Marx's
development as a critical thinker and revolutionary politician to
events that took place in his own lifetime, events that strongly
influenced his doctrines.
A cogent, jargon-free introduction, Karl Marx welcomes those new to
Marx's life and work, as well as having much to say to students
and scholars of political theory and history.
Ausstattung/Bilder: 2012. 185 p. w. 30 ill. and documents.
Critical Lives .
Abmessung: 198mm x 130mm x 15mm
"Paul Thomas quotes Marx, in the years before he died, saying he was glad to be appreciated, yet 'I am not a Marxist.' Thomas helps us unravel this paradox. For most of a century, 'Karl Marx' became an advertisement for a country that would have killed him if it could have. Thomas introduces us to a 'post-Cold War' Marx, who can breathe, and we can breathe along with him. Thomas conveys Marx's immense horizon, originality, and imaginative power. Marx may be the world's first global writer, and Thomas helps us share this world with him." --Marshall Berman, author of All That is Solid Melts into Air and Adventures in Ma "Marhsall Berman "
Paul Thomas is Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. He has published extensively on Marx including Karl Marx and the Anarchists (1985) and Marxism and Scientific Socialism From Engels to Althusser (2008).