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'The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism of the weapon, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses.' - Karl Marx
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What did Marx think about democratic Athens?
What did Marx say about George Washington?
What about Lutheranism?
What about primitive communism?

Everyone from Oxford to Britannica has their own reference works on Marx's own ideas, but which one is the most responsive and comprehensive for actual Marxists to use? Is Hal Draper usable as an encyclopedia? If not, then who?

I want to understand his practical takes as well as his abstract ideas. Book worship is surely an evil to be avoided, but total ignorance of the man's own perspectives is one I hold far worse.



I remember an anon made a post a while back about mass-searching the MECW for keywords. But it seems to me that this overlooks the benefits a topical index would provide. At any rate I don't know how to grep search or whatever it would entail, but I can fool with it. Thanks


>topical index
we could make one


Does anyone have a ProQuest account? I need this full article which effectively refutes an anti-communist snitch memoir written during the McCarthyism era by an ex-communist rat.

Basically, the author of this piece (it's her senior thesis, I believe) argues that the rat lied several times in her autobiography concerning her motives for joining and then ditching and snitching on the CPUSA. It's a very good smackdown so naturally I would like to read the full thing.





Can you just look up the title of the thesis and author on scihub or a torrent site?


ProQuest is terrible. academic institutions are just a racket to gatekeep information


Not sure.


I did look it up and found nothing.

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Most Marxists, for obvious reasons, are primarily concerned with the analysis of the capitalist mode of production, this causes many marxists (including myself) to have a poor or just a very basic understanding of pre-capitalist modes of production.
An in-depth understanding of these modes of production is, however, essential for reasonable historical materialist analysis.
Post videos, books, articles and so on for education on this topic.
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this is a great book and really explains Marxist themes lucidly.

Haven't been able to find a pdf though



Here is the link. Dude, just uhh, use libgen.is — at least for the anglo literature it is vast and very accomodating. I use other sources for literature in my language, but libgen should suffice for most things.

Also archive.org is great for searching things from last past century, old books et cettera.tankieTankie



I find it interesting that ancient societies ran on debt allocation, so much so that debt abolition was an actually platform politicians would campaign on.


also the very idea of mode of production is prolly just unique to capitalism


Please guy
You can recommended book of history of africa ? in pdf format of course
Pls… in spanish much better
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Para una historia semi-biografica de Sankara especificamente, el libro de Ludo Martens es muy bien y creo que hay una traducción en castellano.


>in spanish much better
Por Que? Donde Estas?



Soy de España.


Ahh? Chulo. Soy de Estados Unidos. Lo siento, despues veo en mi computador, no tengo pdfs en Español/


Ah okey no pasa nada igualmente pásalos

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Hey /edu/ bros, I'd like to find out if there are any books on Soviet history from historians in the USSR that an English speaker could read? I know there's Trotsky's history of the revolution, but I'm looking for something more comprehensive, covering at least up until the Khrushchev period, if possible. I feel like when people argue about Soviet history, we always toss around names like Conquest, Applebaum, Kotkin, Getty, Tauger, and yes even the dark lord of history Grover Furr, but the only Russian historian I see often on here is Zemzov, but I only know him from graphs and citations. Would very much appreciate feedback, thanks.
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There are many, OP. The Soviets published many of their works in several languages, not just in russian. If you don't know about Ismail, he is a leftist who has scanned and uploaded hundreds of books printed in the Soviet Union and eastern bloc countries. Here's his full archive:

You can also find more soviet-published books here:


What is the truth about the Holodomor? Was it completely or partly intentional? Is it true that Soviet authorities took almost all the grain in favour of the cities while leaving Ukrainian farmers with nothing to go through the naturally-caused famine.
I heard that the famine also involved non-communist Poland and that Soviet authorities dispatched grain as soon as thay knew about it, but where are the sources?


Most claims are unsourced exaggerations, but denying that the USSR's rapid industrialization was anything but brutal on the countryside is also a lie


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>What is the truth about the Holodomor?
basically around 31 and drought happened, and it destroyed grain not only on Ukraine, but on Kazakhstan and Poland, at that time it was not a famine but it became when the Kulaks (farmers with medium and large patches of land) destroyed grand part of the food, thus creating the famine in the local,
>was it completely or partly intentional ?
Not at all, but the soviet gorvernment, at the start made bad choices, for example, in the year of the drought they tought it would be a record year the harvest, so they made large goals and toke alot of grain from the farms.
>Is it true that Soviet authorities took almost all the grain in favour of the cities while leaving Ukrainian farmers with nothing to go through the naturally-caused famine
they also send food from more food secure to Ukraine, as for the toke to the cities, if they did not do that the cities would collapsed from the famine, not only that would kill far more people,
because different than in the fields, it's not to find food with ease, it would also destroy the efforts of the USSR at the time to industrialise and create machines to farming for high yields, because majority of the farming in the USSR at the time was made by hand thus had low yields, and that is the reason that, before the USSR, there was a famine every ten years, earlier if something like a drought have happened .
i recomend you read from Prof. Mark Tauger, he is know in the liberal academia as a trustworthy scholar about the question.




any good books on the medieval period?
yes i have already read the peseant war in germany, no i did not understood what the fuck it was saying
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From a more rightist colleague I've heard John Huizinga's "Autumn of the Middle Ages" as THE book I should read. (His 'Homo Ludens' also sounds quite interesting)


Why does a full suit of High Middle Ages chainmail, like with coif, hauberk, mufflers, cuisse, etc. look so fucking good?


A bit specialist, but there are some reading recommendations in this academic syllabus for anyone interested in medieval philosophy and theology:


There is some good Soviet literature but It'll take me time to dig it up


>"Marc Bloch said that his goal in writing Feudal Society was to go beyond the technical study a medievalist would typically write and 'dismantle a social structure.' In this outstanding and monumental work, which has introduced generations of readers to the feudal period, Bloch treats feudalism as living, breathing force in Western Europe from the ninth to the thirteenth century. At its heart lies a magisterial account of relations of lord and vassal, and the origins of the nature of the fief, brought to life through compelling accounts of the nobility, knighthood and chivalry, family relations, political and legal institutions, and the church. For Bloch history was a process of constant movement and evolution and he describes the slow process by which feudal societies turned into what would eventually become nation states. A tour de force of historical writing, Feudal Society is essential reading for anyone interested in both Western Europe's past and present.


Hey bros, looking for stuff focusing on the political persecutions of Communists, Anarchists, Union Men, and others in the US from roughly 1918-1920. Specifically hoping to find stuff on socialists being incarcerated during this period. Would love some primary sources, but would also really value secondary sources from the time. Thanks.
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what i could find


>>8632 (me)
i noticed there's a theme of persecution of communists along with minorities


The scare started during the First World War as a response to Iron and Steel Labour Strikes that threatened the Military-Industrial Complex. The brutal casualties from the 1 Year in the European War and the later socialist Revolutions in Russia and Germany scared American Businessmen and thy played on the isolationism that the American People sought and promoted anti-communist scare stories, violently suppressing strikes and protests.

Further aggravation came from self-proclaimed anarchists' mailing bombs to prominent Americans, including United States Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and United States Supreme Court Associate Justice (and former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Unique events like the Boston Police Strike in September 1919 and the crushed Bonus Army, alongside the alarming candidness of General Smedley Butler, made the Military and Police forces focus on expulsing and tracking communists to prevent them from gaining footholds in the government and military.

I got more but I'll have to dig.


Thank you gentlement


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Of course

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Are there any good books on Ba'athist Iraq under Saddam's rule? I know he wasn't really a socialist and killed communists or whatever but I don't want to read some America propaganda.

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ITT post ur favourite historical uniforms
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>The Ghorcharas or the irregular cavalry had no uniform laid down for them; yet they turned out sharply, as testified by Baron Hugel, a Prussian noble, who visited Maharajah Ranjit Singh in 1836 and inspected a cavalry parade. "I never beheld," he wrote of a troop of ghorcharhas, "a finer nor a more remarkably striking body of men. Each one was dressed differently, and yet so much in the same fashion that they all looked in perfect keeping."
source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikh_Khalsa_Army
not related to pic but I'm really curious about that, unfortunately I don't think we'll ever get to see any proper depiction of that.


forgot about this thread




1920s Red Army uniform is the best.


I made these charts recently, if you have any ideas of new charts or charts of your own drop them here.
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What about the least "scary commie" list for average people?

Like Engels' works seem to be more palatable because there's less negative connotations if that makes sense…

idk I'm still trying to design a really short and tight list that could be given to people without scaring them off prematurely.


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>am I forgotton


I've been thinking of this question myself. I think the best places to start are the popular pamphlets of the Second International era - still revolutionary Marxism, but from obscure authors with non-Russian names that won't trigger normies. Rosa Luxemburg for example is surprisingly appealing to liberals because of her gender and cool life story, yet she was a steadfast revolutionary Marxist whom Lenin criticized for being too insurrectionary. She doesn't have any really great works for beginners however.

Kautsky has a couple works in this field, the best one being The Historic Accomplishment of Karl Marx that focuses on Marxist political practice instead of just theory. The author and the tone of the writing are less intimidating than Marx himself, but the political message still remains true to his work. Lenin was a fan of this pamphlet, in fact the quote about Marxism being the combination of "English economics, German philosophy, and French socialism" was ripped pretty much directly from Kautsky.

Finally there's The Two Souls of Socialism by Hal Draper. Good stuff while still remaining short and accessible. Some of the political content may be objectionable however, like the constant bashing on the USSR as "Stalinist socialism from above".

I still think that Engels' Socialism: Utopian and Scientific is the best introduction to Marxism by far however. It's tough to recommend to total normies, but if you can sense they're Marx-curious it's the way to go.


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>Rosa Luxemburg for example is surprisingly appealing to liberals because of her gender and cool life story
Not only liberals.


Any lists like this for Freudo-Marxists/Frankfurt School?

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