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  • Marx does Historical Materialism: The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    SEE ALL OUR MARXIST TITLES HERE Marx and Engels viewed historical research and analysis as a dimension of their wider revolutionary science. The ...
  • A Promethean Vision Reviewed by Sarmad Khawaja for Pakistan Development Review,

    "A Promethean Vision is the latest addition to the growing corpus of literature on Marx in the ongoing global Marxism renaissance. It is a fine exposition of Marx’s ideas about the evolution and structure of capitalist society, also called historical materialism."
    Sarmad Khawaja, Pakistan Development Review

    An extract from Jonathan's White's Making Our Own History, on the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism pioneered by Maurice Dobb, Rodney Hilton and Christopher Hill among others.

  • Communist Party Historians Group - Origins

    If the published output of the Historians Group are triumphs of popular accessible and empirically rich historical scholarship, the records and papers of these internal collective Group discussions show an intense engagement with Marxist concepts and formed part of a collective effort, alongside Marxist intellectuals across the Communist movement, to develop and popularise the theoretical and empirical basis of historical materialism.
  • 1000 Days of Revolution reviewed by WT Whitney, Jr.

    "This book ought to appeal to any socialist who rejects the idea the Popular Unity’s defeat was inevitable. Pedro Rodriguez alludes to a more universal appeal.  He notes that, “the Chilean events reflect practically all the problems of Marxist-Leninist theory of revolution, of capturing and retaining power … of people’s democratic tasks and socialist goals, of the objective and subjective revolutionary factors … In short all those questions that require the unflagging attention of Communists and revolutionaries.”


    Making Our Own History argues that Marxist ideas derive their force from their deeply historical world view. The socialist thought developed by Marx and Engels was scientific because it uncovered the laws at work not just within capitalism but human history as a whole,
  • Karl Marx’s Early Years and his “Worldview” by Michael Tribe

    "Eric Rahim’s small book provides an excellent account of Marx’s early years and of the evolution of his approach to the structural analysis of socio-economic development, virtually all of this fitting within Marx’s first 31 years, before he settled in London. It can be highly recommended to those wishing to read an accessible and authoritative study of this fascinating subject."
    Dr Michael Tribe, Criterion Quarterly
  • Karl Marx: Promethean Visionary? Michael Löwy

    This small book is a very useful account of how Marx came to develop his materialist conception of history. His criticism of Hegel, his discussions with various Young Hegelians, his discovery and critique of political economy, his debt to Adam Smith – a very original and stimulating argument! – and finally, his elaboration of a new worldview are clearly explained
  • The Radicalization of Dashiell Hammett

    "Fuller’s research is truly impressive. His readings include not only all of his subject’s published works, but the unpublished ones as well...  Anyone wishing to learn about detective-story writer Dashiell Hammett need venture no farther than this excellent book."

  • Kevin Halpin and the fight against anti-union laws

    How Kevin Halpin and his comrades resisted the 1970s onslaught on trade union rights

    An extract from Kevin Halpin's autobiography - MEMOIRS OF A MILITANT

  • ‘The Child is Father of the Man’ – A Promethean Vision Reviewed by Dr. Faysal Mikdadi

    Rahim traces Marx’s early development in a way that helps the reader to see why such great works as Das Kapital and many others took so long to produce. Rahim also shows why occasionally, Marx’s style of writing appears to meander in such a way as to produce some apparently forbidding internal contradictions. That is the very essence of dialectical writing where a reasoned argument is developed over time. For the likes of Karl Marx, there would be none of today’s easy fixes and platitudinous writings that are made up of assertions with little reasoned substance. A quick flick through many so-called academic publications shows that these books have very little to say and take up a great deal of space to say it.
  • Marxist economist Michael Roberts reviews A Promethean Vision

    A Promethean Vision – The Formation of Marx’s Worldview

    Reviewed by noted Marxist economist Michael Roberts

    Eric Rahim has written a clear and cohesive account of how Karl Marx formed his unique materialist conception of history.  At Marx’s funeral in 1883, his long-time friend and close collaborator, Friedrich Engels commented that Marx had developed two ground-breaking discoveries that were the basis of ‘scientific socialism’: the materialist conception of history and the law of surplus value.  These two discoveries provide the searchlights for understanding the development of human society and social organisation in the 21st century.

    Rahim takes us carefully and historically on the journey that led Marx to conceive of the first of these.  Starting with Hegel as the teacher of the contradictions of history between state and individual; between the relative and eternal; between free will and determination, Marx turned Hegel upside down to reject Hegel’s idealism that all is the product of the contradictions of thought and mean’s ideas and instead offer a Promethean vision of history, namely that material conditions shape history and that man shapes those material conditions.