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Engels: A Very Short Introduction

Terrell Carver

Publication Date - July 2003

ISBN: 9780192804662

120 pages
Paperback
4-1/2 x 7 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

It is by no means absurd to say that Engels invented Marxism. His work did more than Marx's to attract and make converts to the most influential political movement of modern times. He was not only the father of dialectical and historical materialism--the official philosophies of history and science in many communist countries--but was also the first Marxist historian, anthropologist, philosopher, and commentator on early Marx.

In his later years Engels developed his materialist interpretation of history, his chief intellectual legacy, which has had revolutionary effects on the arts and social sciences. Terrell Carver traces its source and its effect on the development of Marxist theory and practice, assesses its utility, and discusses the difficulties which Marxists have encountered in defending it.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Reveals how Engels did more than Marx to attract and make converts to the most influential political movement of modern times, Marxism
  • Highlights how Engels developed his materialist interpretation of history, his chief intellectual legacy, which has had revolutionary effects on the arts and social sciences

About the Author(s)

Terrell Foster Carver is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol.

Table of Contents

    1. Engles and Marx
    2. Journalist
    3. Communist
    4. Revolutionary
    5. Marxist
    6. Scientist
    7. Engles and Marxism
    Further reading