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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.


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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

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



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)



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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Barnaby Edwards


Barnaby Edwards


Howard Carter

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Highfield Studios

Cover Art

Simon Holub




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