THE CLASS STRUGGLES IN FRANCE
The Class Struggles in France actually appeared as a series of articles in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung
between December 1849 and November 1850. Engels would "repackage" them into a more complete
book in 1895, a dozen years after Marx's passing.
In highlighting the importance of this work in the development of Marx's thought, Engels wrote:
"The work here republished was Marx's first attempt to explain a section of contemporary history
by means of his materialist conception, on the basis of the given economic situation. In the
Communist Manifesto, the theory was applied in broad outline to the whole of modern history....
Here, on the other hand, the question was to demonstrate the inner causal connection in the course
of a development which extended over some years... to trace political events back to effects of
what were, in the final analysis, economic causes."
ONLINE TRANSLATION: Based on 1895 Engels edition. Translated into English by the Institute of
Marxism-Leninism, Moscow. Published in 1969 by Progress Publishers. Transcribed for the Internet by
1849-50: The Class Struggles in France, 1848-50
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