The Literate Communist - Hodges, Donald Clark
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The Literate Communist sheds new light on the modern world's most consequential political tract. Professor Hodges' thesis is that the Communist Manifesto is not what it claims to be - a forthright and faithful expression of what communists believed in 1848 - and that its subsequent adaptations periodically opened the door to and slammed the door shut on communism. Part I introduces students to the Manifesto's conspiratorial legacy stemming from the great French Revolution of 1789-1794 and to Marx and Engels' informal amendments to it. Part II examines the 150-year-old posthistory of the…mehr

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The Literate Communist sheds new light on the modern world's most consequential political tract. Professor Hodges' thesis is that the Communist Manifesto is not what it claims to be - a forthright and faithful expression of what communists believed in 1848 - and that its subsequent adaptations periodically opened the door to and slammed the door shut on communism. Part I introduces students to the Manifesto's conspiratorial legacy stemming from the great French Revolution of 1789-1794 and to Marx and Engels' informal amendments to it. Part II examines the 150-year-old posthistory of the Manifesto and its interpretations that pull in opposite directions. The author concludes that the Janus-faced Manifesto played a key ideological role in not only the rise, but also the demise of the Soviet Union.
  • Produktdetails
  • Major Concepts in Politics and Political Theory .16
  • Verlag: Peter Lang Ltd. International Academic Publishers
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: .64187, 64187
  • Neuausg.
  • Erscheinungstermin: 1. April 1999
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 228mm x 151mm x 15mm
  • Gewicht: 310g
  • ISBN-13: 9780820441870
  • ISBN-10: 0820441872
  • Artikelnr.: 27785641
Autorenporträt
The Author: Donald Clark Hodges is Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Political Science at Florida State University as well as the founder and coeditor of Social Theory and Practice. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Columbia University. Internationally recognized in Who's Who in the World, he is the author-editor of a hundred professional articles and a score of books, including Socialist Humanism, The Bureaucratization of Socialism, and America's New Economic Order.
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"The author's thesis is that the Manifesto's marriage of incompatibles paradoxically makes communism credible. The book has 'legs.' It could well be used in the classroom. Its thesis is controversial enough to attract wide notice." (D. Paul Thomas, University of California, Berkeley)
"The nebulous, impossible dream of Marxism retains an ability sporadically to bedazzle certain dreamers - and even some practical-minded realists. Donald Clark Hodges offers highly original explanations as to why a phoenix- and chameleon-like Marxism doesn't die - no matter the degree to which it seems to fade away." (Fredrick B. Pike, Emeritus Professor, University of Notre Dame)
"Amazingly insightful. This important and pathbreaking study offers the most comprehensive understanding to date of the perplexing and consequential 1848 Manifesto. Anyone who considers herself or himself knowledgeable about Marxism must read this book - and read it twice¿" (Dale Maurice Riepe, Emeritus Professor, State University of New York)