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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - The Communist Manifesto

Read by Barnaby Edwards
Duration 104 minutes
Released 25 May 2011
Format Unabridged MP3 Download

 

 

‘Read The Communist Manifesto, written more than one hundred and fifty years ago, and you will discover that Marx foresaw it all.’ – John Raines

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Karl Marx (1818–83) and Friedrich Engels (1820–95) published their Manifesto of the Communist Party in February 1848 on the eve of the Berlin and Paris revolutions. Originally commissioned by the Communist League to set out their aims and methods, The Communist Manifesto rapidly became one of the world's most influential political manuscripts.

Told in four sections, the Manifesto analyses the history of the class struggle, delineates the current state of affairs in Europe and America, scrutinizes the writings of other so-called communists and socialists, and proposes a method for bringing into reality the Marxist ideals of classless equality and a centralized State.

 

 


THIS UNABRIDGED AUDIOBOOK INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CHAPTERS

Foreword
1. Bourgeois and Proletarians
2. Proletarians and Communists
3. Socialist and Communist Literature
4. Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties

BONUS MATERIAL
'Preface to the English Edition of 1888'
(read by Barnaby Edwards)
'Working Men Unite'
(an incidental music suite by Howard Carter)

 


CREDITS

Recorded on 7 March 2011
Directed by Barnaby Edwards
Music and sound design by Howard Carter
Recorded at Highfield Studios
Artwork by Simon Holub

 


 

ENGLISH STUDENTS
Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels are recommended contextual authors for all three main examination boards:
English Literature GCSE, AS & A2 (AQA)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (OCR)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (EdExcel)

 


FURTHER READING
Works by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels:
Karl Marx: Later Political Writings, ed. and trans. Terrell Carver (Cambridge, 1996)
The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition, ed. Eric Hobsbawm (London, 1998)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto, ed. Gareth Stedman Jones (London, 2002)

Studies of Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels:
Terrell Carver, Marx and Engels: The Intellectual Relationship (Brighton, 1983)
Mark Cowling (Ed.), The Communist Manifesto: New Interpretations (Edinburgh, 1998)
Alan Gilbert, Marx's Politics: Communists and Citizens (Oxford, 1981)
J.D. Hunley, The Life and Thought of Friedrich Engels (New Haven, 1991)
David Riazanov, The Communist Manifesto of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (New York, 1930)
Dirk Struik, The Birth of the Communist Manifesto (New York, 1971)
A.J.P. Taylor, The Communist Manifesto (Harmondsworth, 1967)

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