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 No.9411

I feel like one of the biggest obstacles to understanding Marx's most crucial works is that he writes for an audience that he assumes already knows a ton of context, which makes sense considering his own context as a journalist for revolutionary workers on the streets themselves. It still makes those writings confusing to anyone that isn't an academic that has the privilege of having absorbed context. So, what are some good history books that can fill in that gap?

Some specific topics:
—English political economy from Adam Smith to the repeal of the Corn Laws
—Early communist party (Cabet, Blanqui, League of the Just, Communist Correspondence Committee, etc.)
—1848 Revolutions and aftermath
—Napoleon III's coup
—Paris Commune
—First International activities and drama
—General 19th century European history

I found this on the Paris Commune a while ago, pretty decent: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/mitchell-abidor-voices-of-the-paris-commune

 No.9412

Also, not really related to Marx, but Proletarian Nights is a great leftist history of the July Revolution

 No.9414

>>9411
There are tons of introductions, summaries, etc. No reason to 'dumb it down' so to speak.

 No.9415


 No.9431

On political economy:
https://www.econlib.org/library/Ricardo/ricP.html
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30107 (very very lib, critiqued by Marx a lot)

 No.9444

I know that feel
I bought the Marx/Engels Reader to try and not be such a theorylet, but sometimes it just feels so obtuse
I asked for advice once to see if there was some common reading guide and I got called a retard and told the book was the reading guide

 No.9446

If only political theorists would all write with broad future audiences in mind. We really need better communicators for this material to improve the mainstream understanding.

 No.9447

>>9444
Just go to the primary sources and study Marx and Engels directly

 No.9448


 No.9449

>>9447
the Marx/Engels Reader (I assume by WW Norton) is a compilation of their own texts

 No.9450

>>9449
also, this thread was prompted in the first place by me being a bit confused by the primary texts themselves
also, stalin LMAO

 No.9451

>>9431
I've been looking for this pdf everywhere thx

 No.9466

Marx did "dumb" things down but not in a condescending way, he expected his readers to use their common sense to keep up because he often repeated things multiple times in a chapter to make his point because he didn't like being misread.


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