Monday, May 23, 2016

The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Primary Sources:

***A note must be made here before listing sources.  There is a website where an extensive collection of Marx's and Engels' works can be found.  The works contained therein are allowed to be freely distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution -- ShareAlike License.  This license is valid in the U.S.A.  Because of this, we are permitted to post direct links to the works.  However, we still provide proper MLA citation for pedagogical purposes.

1) Marx, Karl, and Engles, Friedrich. "Manifesto of the Communist Party." Marx and Engles Selected Works Vol. 1. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1969. 98- 137. Print.

1a) Marx, Karl, and Engles, Friedrich. "Manifesto of the Communist Party." Progress Publishers, 1969. Web.

***Note that this book can be downloaded as a PDF as well as other mediums for consumption by following the link: Click here to go to the Manifesto

2) Marx, Karl. "The Communist Manifesto." Karl Marx: Selected Writings 2nd Edition. Ed. David McLellan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. 24-270. Print.

3) An audio reading of this book in the LibriVox database can be found by clicking this link

***LibraVox recordings are in the public domain in the USA.  If you live outside of the USA, check with your local laws before downloading.

Secondary Sources:


1) Hunt, Richard N. The Political Ideas of Marx and Engels. London: Macmillan, 1975. Print.

Journal Articles:

1) Weeks, Kathi. "The Critical Manifesto: Marx and Engels, Haraway, and Utopian Politics." Utopian Studies 24.2 (2013): 216-231. Web.

2) Boyer, George R. "The Historical Background of the Communist Manifesto." Journal of Economic Perspectives 12.4 (1998): 151-174. 

3) Cunliffe, John.  "Marx's Politics: The Tensions in the Communist Manifesto." Political Studies 30.4 (1982): 569-574. Web.

4) Levin, Michael. "Deutschmarx: Marx, Engels, and the German Question." Political Studies 29.4 (1981): 497-463. Web.  


1) A talk given by Terry Eagleton on "The Communist Manifesto" can be found by clicking on this link

***While Easgleton is not a philosopher but a literary critic, he nevertheless provides an entertaining discussion on the Manifesto.  It is worth watching for gaining general knowledge about what the Manifesto is doing.  However, this video is not going to provide an in-depth philosophical examination of the Manifesto.

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