reflections on Marx and Marxism
Published 2011 by Yale University Press in New Haven, Conn .
Written in English.
About the Book
“The ideas of capitalism’s most vigorous and eloquent enemy have been enlightening in every era, the author contends, and our current historical situation of free-market extremes suggests that reading Marx may be more important now than ever. Hobsbawm begins with a consideration of how we should think about Marxism in the post-communist era, observing that the features we most associate with Soviet and related regimes–command economies, intrusive bureaucratic structures, and an economic and political condition of permanent was–are neither derived from Marx’s ideas nor unique to socialist states. Further chapters discuss pre-Marxian socialists and Marx’s radical break with them, Marx’s political milieu, and the influence of his writings on the anti-fascist decades, the Cold War, and the post–Cold War period. Sweeping, provocative, and full of brilliant insights, How to Change the World challenges us to reconsider Marx and reassess his significance in the history of ideas.” –Publisher’s website.
Table of Contents
|Marx and Engels. Marx today|
|Marx, Engels and pre-Marxian Socialism|
|Marx, Engels and politics|
|On Engels’ ‘the condition of the working class in England|
|On the ‘Communist Manifesto’|
|Discovering the ‘Grundrisse’|
|Marx on pre-Capitalist formations|
|The fortunes of Marx’s and Engels’ writings|
|Marxism. Dr Marx and the Victorian critics|
|The influence of Marxism 1880-1914|
|In the era of anti-fascism 1929-45|
|The reception of Gramsci|
|The influnence of Marxism 1945-83|
|Marxism in recession 1983-2000|
|Marx and labour: the long century.|
Includes bibliographical references (p. 420-455) and index.