Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life

Jonathan Sperber

“Absorbing, meticulously researched. . . . [Sperber] succeeds within the basic activity of all biography, re-creating a guy who leaps off the page.” ―Jonathan Freedland, New York occasions booklet Review

during this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, “likely to be definitive for a few years to return” (John grey, New York evaluation of Books), historian Jonathan Sperber creates a meticulously researched and multilayered portrait of either the guy and the progressive instances during which he lived. in accordance with remarkable entry to the lately opened records of Marx’s and Engels’s whole writings, Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life offers a ancient context for the non-public tale of 1 of the main influential and debatable political philosophers in Western historical past. through elimination Marx from the ideological conflicts of the 20 th century that coloured his legacy and putting him inside “the society and highbrow currents of the 19th century” (Ian Kershaw), Sperber is ready to current a whole portrait of Marx as neither a soothsaying prophet of the fashionable global nor the writer of its darkest atrocities. This significant biography essentially reshapes our figuring out of a towering historic determine. 34 illustrations

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