Released: November 1997
One hundred and fifty years have passed since Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, two young Germans in exile, wrote the Communist Manifesto.
Conventional wisdom has it that on the eve of the twenty-first century Marxism and socialism are vanquished doctrines, antiquated and outmoded by subsequent developments. Yet capitalism’s global triumph has, paradoxically, laid bare its many inadequacies and failings: economic, spiritual, and environmental.
This volume of the SOCIALIST REGISTER uses the occasion of the Manifesto’s anniversary to explore the origins of Marx and Engels’ thought in the revolutionary currents of nineteenth-century Europe. That, however, is merely its starting point. The central focus of the collection is the profound relevance of the famous pamphlet today, a theme brilliantly explored in essays on such subjects as the relationship between the Communist Manifesto and contemporary political and democratic theory, the labor movement, feminism, the history of the left, environmentalism, and postmodernity.
The Socialist Register has been the intellectual lodestar for the international left since 1965.
- DEAR DR. MARX: A LETTER FROM A SOCIALIST FEMINIST, Sheila Rowbotham
- THE POLITICAL LEGACY OF THE MANIFESTO, Colin Leys & Leo Panitch
- THE GEOGRAPHY OF CLASS POWER, David Harvey
- SOCIALISM WITH SOBER SENSES: DEVELOPING WORKERS’ CAPACITIES, Sam Gindin
- UNIONS, STRIKES, AND CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS TODAY, Sheila Cohen & Kim Moody
- PASSAGES OF THE RUSSIAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN LEFT, Peter Gowan
- MARX AND THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION IN FRANCE: BACKGROUND TO THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, Bernard Moss
- THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO AND THE ENVIRONMENT, John Bellamy Foster
- REMEMBER THE FUTURE?: THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO AS HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL FORM, Peter Osbourne
- SEEING IS BELIEVING: MARX’S MANIFESTO, DERRIDA’S APPARITION, Paul Thomas
- THE MAKING OF THE MANIFESTO, Rob Beamish
- THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels