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The Communist Manifesto is a book written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 and has since been recognized as one of the world’s most influential political manuscripts. Marx was the principle author while Engels assisted and edited. In it, Marx presents an analytical approach to class struggle and the problems of capitalism and his theories about the nature of society and politics.
The book came about as a result of a group of radical workers called the “Communist League” in London. In 1847, Marx and Engels joined the group and shortly after they were commissioned to write a manifesto on the group’s behalf. Marx’s theories should be understood in the context of the hardships suffered by 19th century workers in England, France, and Germany. The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries created a permanent underclass of workers, many of whom lived in poverty and worked under terrible conditions with little political representation.
The Communist Manifesto has four sections. In the first section, Marx discusses the Communists’ theory of history and the relationship between proletariats and bourgeoisie. In the second section, Marx explains the relationship between the Communists and the proletarians. The third section addresses the flaws in other, previous socialist literature, and the final section discusses... read more
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death is widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest books of all time. For many, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death is required reading for various courses and curriculums and for others, who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Patrick Henry is highly recommended.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death is a famous quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Virginia Convention. It was given March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, those in attendance, upon hearing the speech, shouted,... read more
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli - Practical advice for crushing your enemies and fostering the loyalty of your underlings.
Nicolo Machiavelli knew well the vicissitude of a political career. The politics of Renaissance Italy were as complex as its art and as dangerous as the Old Masters were talented. Machiavelli enjoyed the high position of a Secretary within the Republic of Florence before crashing into disfavor with the return of Medici rule. After a brief if torturous session in prison, Machiavelli stuck to his love of scholarship and writing. A devoted student of history, he applied his knowledge and created the enduring work of political science known simply as The Prince. This work that seeks to advise a prince on how to successfully run his domain has a notorious reputation because of its stark acceptance of violence and deceit. Even the author’s name has spawned the word Machiavellian which is associated with craftiness and duplicity.... read more
Author: Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kniaz, 1842-1921; Glasse, Henry [Translator]
Release Date: January 27, 2010... read more