Karl Marx: The Legacy - David MclellanLondon: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Personal stamp to the half-title page. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Black & White Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “In a speech delivered at Marx’s funeral, his collaborator Engels declared that ‘his name will live on through the centuries and so will his work’. In the century since Marx’. s death in 1883 his ideas have become the ruling ideology of almost half the world. Yet we are surprisingly ignorant of this, the most influential doctrine of our age. Karl Marx: The Legacy, written by Britain’s leading authority on Marx, Professor David McLellan, explains, in clear and comprehensive language, the origins, development and meaning of Marxism.
It is not only in Marxist states that Marx’s ideas have had influence. Throughout the world he has changed the way people think. Whether we agree with him or not, Marx has shaped our ideas about society. He built up a system which draws on philosophy, on history, on economics and on politics. And although professional philosophers, economists and political scientists often do not accept his theories, they cannot ignore them. They have become part of the mental scaffolding of the century; a lot of our thinking about history and society is a dialogue with Marx’s ghost.
What sort of a man was Karl Marx? Have his original ideas been betrayed by his followers, particularly Lenin? What sort of society has been constructed in Russia? What different sorts of Marxism are there abroad in the world today? How influential is Marxism in the West? Can we expect revolution in our time?
These questions all find an answer here. The dramatic story of Marx and of his would-be followers — Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro — is the major story of our time.
Fully illustrated with photographs, maps and diagrams this book accompanies the BBC-TV series presented by Asa Briggs.”