How to change the world : reflections on Marx and Marxism /

"The ideas of capitalism's most vigorous and eloquent enemy have been enlightening in every era, the author contends, and our current historical situation of free-market extremes suggests that reading Marx may be more important now than ever. Hobsbawm begins with a consideration of how we...

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Main Author: Hobsbawm, E. J. 1917-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 2011.
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Summary:"The ideas of capitalism's most vigorous and eloquent enemy have been enlightening in every era, the author contends, and our current historical situation of free-market extremes suggests that reading Marx may be more important now than ever. Hobsbawm begins with a consideration of how we should think about Marxism in the post-communist era, observing that the features we most associate with Soviet and related regimes--command economies, intrusive bureaucratic structures, and an economic and political condition of permanent was--are neither derived from Marx's ideas nor unique to socialist states. Further chapters discuss pre-Marxian socialists and Marx's radical break with them, Marx's political milieu, and the influence of his writings on the anti-fascist decades, the Cold War, and the post--Cold War period. Sweeping, provocative, and full of brilliant insights, How to Change the World challenges us to reconsider Marx and reassess his significance in the history of ideas." --Publisher's website.
Physical Description:viii, 470 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 420-455) and index.
ISBN:9780300176162 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0300176163 (hbk. : alk. paper)