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The British Library

Visit one of a first edition of the Communist Manifesto published in London by Karl Marx 1848.


The Communist Manifesto

On London History Day visit 'Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths' at The British Library to see an extremely rare first edition of the Communist Manifesto, published in London in 1848.

Here for the first time Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the founders of the political theory later called Marxism, predicted violent anti-capitalist revolution as the final stage of the class wars between proletariat and bourgeoisie. They could not imagine that 'the spectre of communism', which they described as haunting Europe, would first triumph in Russia - geographically and economically the furthest eastern European periphery. Marxism, however, was adopted by the Russian Social Democrats as the cornerstone of their ideology and adapted by Lenin and other Bolsheviks to the real conditions of the Russian Revolution.

Karl Marx, Fredrich Engels. Communist Manifesto, 1848
Visit Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths at The British Library to see a first edition of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto published in London © The British Library


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