Marx: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself

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Is this the right book for me?Marx: A Complete Introduction will familiarize you with the revolutionary thinking of this significant man. It will take you through all the essential concepts – from class struggle to dialectical materialism. Expressing Marx’s sometimes complex ideas in simple terms, and backed up with references to his own texts, this book gives you everything you need to know. Marx: A Complete Introduction includes:Chapter 1: Marx’s early lifeEurope at the time of MarxThe early life of MarxUniversity lifeLife as a journalistThe Communist ManifestoExileChapter 2: Marx’s later lifeThe move to LondonFamily life in LondonMarx and EngelsWork in LondonDas KapitalThe InternationalThe later yearsChapter 3: Marx and philosophyA brief history of philosophyWhich philosophers influenced Marx?Ancient Greek philosophersEuropean philosophyUtopian SocialistsRevolutionaries and anarchistsThe importance of Hegel and FeuerbachHow did Marx differ from those who went before?Political economyWhat part did Engels play?Chapter 4: Economic theoryDialectical materialism, historical materialism and economyThe capitalist economyCommoditiesTheory of surplus valueProfit and the division of labourCapitalism in crisisFalling wages and profitsSocial labourAccumulation and crisisCentralization of the economyWas Marx right about the economy?Chapter 5: Economy and societyImperialism and colonialismFetishismExploitationChapter 6: Class, class struggle and revolutionIntroductionThe development of capitalist societyDialectical materialism and class structureClass in the capitalist societyIdeologyClass struggleWorkers’ power and educationThe Communist League and class struggleThe International Working Men’s AssociationIs revolution inevitable?Chapter 7: Further Marxist thoughtAfter the revolutionCommunist societyReligionWomen’s rights and the familyArt and cultureFreedom and the individualChapter 8: Marxism after Marx – ideas that changed the worldThe spread of Marxist thoughtThe development of socialismRussian communismChinese communismThe Cold WarThe decline of communismHas Marxism failed?Chapter 9: Marxism after Marx – the development of Marxist thoughtTypes of MarxismWhere does Marx fit in?Is Marxism relevant in the twenty-first century?The futureLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author’s many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you’ve learnt and how to use it.