Dynamics of Social Change: A Reader in Marxist Social Science, from the Writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin

Dynamics of Social Change: A Reader in Marxist Social Science, from the Writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin

Dynamics of Social Change: A Reader in Marxist Social Science, from the Writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin

Dynamics of Social Change: A Reader in Marxist Social Science, from the Writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin

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This volume presents, in their own words, the basic ideas of Marx, Engels and Lenin in the areas of sociology, history, politics and economics. The editors have selected the most representative statements from the vast body of their writings and have arranged them to enable the reader to grasp their essentials. Although this book is complete in itself, it is a sequel and companion to the Reader in Marxist Philosophy (1963), which presents the philosophical framework in which Marxist thought developed.

The materials are divided into five parts. In addition to a general introduction, the editors have supplied a separate introduction to each part.

The guiding principle in arranging the selections has been to show the logical development of Marxist historical, economic and social thought. Since, however, chronology is often significant, the year in which the work was completed -- though not necessarily published -- is given after each entry.

The Contents gives the source of all entries. For the convenience of the reader the source is again indicated at the end of each selection, together with page references. The list of sources at the end of the volume identifies the editions used. In general they are the editions most readily available in the United States today. They are also, for the most part, those which contain the most authentic translations.

-- THE EDITORS

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