The First International and After: Political Writings, Vol. 3 (Penguin Classics)

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In 1864, after more than a decade, Karl Marx (1818-83) put aside theoretical writing and returned to active politics. Yet the crucial texts of his later years - notably "The Civil War In France" and "Critique of the Gotha Programme" - count among his most important work. All go beyond "The Communist Manifesto" and apply the insights of "Capital" to major international events. Some offer analysis of the tragic but inspiring failure of the Paris Commune, German unification, the Irish question, the Polish national movement and the possibility of revolution in Russia. The founding documents of the First International and polemical pieces attacking the disciplines of Proudhon and Bakunin and the advocates of reformism, by contrast, reveal a tactical mastery that has influenced revolutionary movements ever since.

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Karl Marx was born in 1818, in the Rhenish city of Trier, the son of a successful lawyer. He studied law and philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Berlin, completing his doctorate in 1841. In Paris three years later, Marx was introduced to the study of political economy by a former fellow student, Frederick Engels. In 1848 they collaborated in writing The Communist Manifesto. Expelled from Prussia in the same year, Marx took up residence first in Paris and then in London where, in 1867 he published his magnum opus Capital. A co-founder of the International Workingmen’s Association in 1864, Marx died in London in 1883.

David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books, including Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Spaces of Global Capitalism, and A Companion to Marx’s Capital. His website is davidharvey.org

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London.

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