The Communist Manifesto (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Karl Marx
- Publish Date: 2012-08-29
Karl Marxâs 1848 text is reframed in this revised Norton Critical Edition in the context of twenty-first-century theoretical debates, capitalist globalization, the information technology revolution, and contemporary struggles up to and including the 2011 âArab Spring.âSimultaneously extolled in its day as truth incarnate and the inspiration for a life-and-death struggle for humankindâs liberation and condemned as the vilest of propaganda on behalf of despotism, the Communist Manifesto continues to be the most potent literary symbol of the struggle over the form and content of freedom.
This revised Norton Critical Edition provides students with the best documentation and scholarship with which to appreciate the Communist Manifestoâs complexities, context, and legacy of controversy. The Second Edition interprets the Manifesto in relation to the dominance of globalized financial capital, socialist feminist critique, postmodernism, and the fragmentation/transformation of the global working class in the twenty-first century.
The volume includes a carefully annotated text of the Communist Manifesto, the editorâs historical and philosophical introduction, and a chronology of historical events surrounding publication of the Manifesto. Fifteen seminal interpretationsâeight of them new to the Second Editionâhave been collected. New contributions include Lucien Laurat on the Manifestoâs sociological standpoint as adapted to the modernization of the mid-twentieth century; Wendy Lynne Leeâs assessment of the Manifestoâs key concepts, metaphors, and arguments from a radical-feminist perspective; the article that served as the basis for Empire, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negriâs important postmodernist adaptation of the Manifesto for twenty-first century conditions; and noteworthy responses to Hardt and Negriâs arguments by Slavoj Zizek and by Taki Fotopoulos and Alexandros Gezerlis.
A Selected Bibliography and Index are also included.