Karl Marx

Philosophy and Revolution

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Shlomo Avineri
Jewish Lives
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , August
     2019.
     240 pages.
     $26.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300211702.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael Maidan forthcoming.

Description

A new exploration of Karl Marx's life through his intellectual contributions to modern thought.

Karl Marx (1818–1883)—philosopher, historian, sociologist, economist, current affairs journalist, and editor—was one of the most influential and revolutionary thinkers of modern history, but he is rarely thought of as a Jewish thinker, and his Jewish background is either overlooked or misrepresented. Here, distinguished scholar Shlomo Avineri argues that Marx’s Jewish origins did leave a significant impression on his work. Marx was born in Trier, then part of Prussia, and his family had enjoyed equal rights and emancipation under earlier French control of the area. But then its annexation to Prussia deprived the Jewish population of its equal rights. These developments led to the reluctant conversion of Marx’s father, and similar tribulations radicalized many young intellectuals of that time who came from a Jewish background.
 
Avineri puts Marx’s Jewish background in its proper and balanced perspective, and traces Marx’s intellectual development in light of the historical, intellectual, and political contexts in which he lived.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Shlomo Avineri is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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