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Author Nimtz, August H.

Title Marx and Engels : their contribution to the democratic breakthrough / August H. Nimtz, Jr.

Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  320.5320922 MARX/ NIMT    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages cm.
Series SUNY series in political theory. Contemporary issues.
SUNY series in political theory. Contemporary issues.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 Democratic Urge and Commencement of a Revolutionary Partnership 1 -- Quest for Democratic Rule -- Partnership Begins -- Chapter 2 From Theory to Practice: Toward a Communist Party 29 -- Preparing for Revolution -- Communist League -- Chapter 3 Revolutions of 1848-1849: Participating in the "Real Movement" 57 -- Prelude to Revolution -- Revolution Begins -- Return to Germany -- June Revolution -- Toward the People's Alliance -- Chapter 4 End of the Revolutionary Upsurge and the Lessons of Struggle 83 -- From Revolution to Counterrevolution -- Lessons of Revolution -- Chapter 5 Interpreting the 1848-1851 Events in France: Marx and Engels versus Tocqueville 113 -- Marx and Engels versus Their Contemporaries -- Marx and Engels versus Tocqueville -- Chapter 6 Political Adjustments to the Long Lull in the Class Struggle 141 -- Communist League: An "episode in the history of a party" -- Preparing for the Next Upsurge -- Chapter 7 A New Revolutionary Era and the Birth of the First International 169 -- Precursors of Organized Political Activity -- First International: "A Mighty Engine at Our Disposal" -- Chapter 8 First International: From Brussels to the Paris Commune 197 -- Breadth of the Marx Party Activities -- Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune -- Chapter 9 First International: The Final Years and Legacy 223 -- Fight for Programmatic Integrity -- International's Legacy -- Chapter 10 Engels and Revolutionary Continuity 253 -- Strategy and Tactics of Party Building -- Toward a New International -- Engels's Contribution: An Assessment.
Summary According to Nimtz, no two people contributed more to the struggle for democracy in the nineteenth century than Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Presenting the first major study of the two thinkers in the past twenty years and the first since the collapse of the Soviet Union, this book challenges many widely held views about their democratic credentials and their attitudes and policies on the peasantry, the importance of national self-determination, the struggle for women's equality, their so-called Eurocentric bias, political and party organizing, and the possibility for socialist revolution in an overwhelmingly peasant and underdeveloped country like late-nineteenth-century Russia.
Subject Marx, Karl, 1818-1883.
Engels, Friedrich, 1820-1895.
Political science.
ISBN 0791444899 (alk. paper)
0791444902 (paperback: alk. paper)