After reading The German Ideology, whose theory of history do you agree with more – Hegel’s or Marx?

Sociological Theory in the Classical Era: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

KARL MARX (1818–1883)

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The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
(Marx and Engels 1848/1978:473)

The philosopher, social scientist, historian and revolutionary, Karl Marx, is without a doubt the most influential socialist thinker to emerge in the 19th century. Although he was largely ignored by scholars in his own lifetime, his social, economic and political ideas gained rapid acceptance in the socialist movement after his death in 1883. Until quite recently almost half the population of the world lived under regimes that claim to be Marxist. This very success, however, has meant that the original ideas of Marx have often been modified and his meanings adapted to a great variety of political circumstances. In addition, the fact that Marx delayed publication of many of his writings meant that is been only recently that scholars had the opportunity to appreciate Marx’s intellectual stature.

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Cyberspace

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Surfing the following sites will give you a taste of what is to follow. When you return to the main course menu, click on your reference section you will find a wide range of sites suggested, which certainly only touch the tip of the iceberg of what exists out there in cyberspace. So, do alert us to new and interesting sites.

  • Karl Marx (1818-1883)
    http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/marx.html (Links to an external site.)
  • Karl Marx
    http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Marx.html (Links to an external site.)
  • An Analysis of the Communist Manifesto
    http://www.indepthinfo.com/communist-manifesto/engels.shtml (Links to an external site.)
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics: Adam Smith
    http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/bios/Smith.html
     (Links to an external site.)
  • George Novack’s Understanding History, Sociology And Historical Materialism
    http://www.marxists.org/archive/novack/works/history/ch10.htm (Links to an external site.)

YouTube

  • Karl Marx – Actions and Legacies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtXF6bJUzMQ (Links to an external site.) 
  • Karl Marx- The Significance of Socialism
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38bM-1l2qBo&feature=related
     (Links to an external site.) 
  • Marx & Religion
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38bM-1l2qBo&feature=related (Links to an external site.) 

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