There's a huge wave of interest in Marxist ideas these days but precious few books which concisely explain what Marxism actually means. Praxis Press is committed to changing that. We have a special offer on two titles that explore the rich development of Marx's thought from its origins in the 19th century to contemporary debates in the 21st.
Buy Eric Rahim's newly published A Promethean Vision – the Formation of Karl Marx's Worldview and get Marx200 – The Significance of Marxism in the 21st Century, a collection of papers from the Marx bicentenary conference in London. Two books for just £25 (US$30), post free.
In A Promethean Vision, Eric Rahim examines the early intellectual development of Karl Marx. From a young student fascinated by the writings of the German philosopher Hegel, to his growing interest in political economy and particularly the work of Adam Smith, A Promethean Vision details Marx's shift towards a fully communist world outlook. It explains precisely when and how Marx became a Marxist.
MARX200 examines the significance of Marxism for today's world and brings together papers and speeches from Leading scholars and activists from different countries - including Cuba, India and the UK - to show that Marx's ideas continue to provide us with the analysis we need to understand our world today in order to change it.
The relevance of Marx's contribution to political economy is discussed, as is Marxism and the ongoing battle of ideas. John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor, writes about Marxism as a force for change in the 21st century. The leader of the Indian Communist Party, Sitaram Yechury, focuses on Marx's legacy 200 years on.
Other wide-ranging topics demonstrating the relevance of Marxist ideas and approaches in the current climate include: 'neoliberalism, austerity and Marx', 'capitalism and new technology', 'Marxism and the environment', 'Marxism & Women', 'Marxism and culture' as well as 'the role of the state', 'Marxism and the present as history' and 'Populist nationalism'.
The book is based on a major international conference organised by the Marx Memorial Library to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx on 5 May 2018.
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