Marx vs Russia

Marx vs Russia

Marx vs Russia

Marx vs Russia

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The international political situation at the time Marx's articles originally appeared in the New York [Daily] Tribune was strikingly similar to what it is today. In broad outline, we are dealing here with the events of 1853 to 1856, that is to say, the critical period of the Crimean War that demanded decisions of far-reaching importance for the fate of Europe and the East from the statesmen of Russia and the West. The emergence of America as a power in the formation of world policy is fittingly and favorably noted by Marx as an unprecedented historic fact. In epochs like this, the leading strings of history come into view more distinctly and tangibly. The principal actors are compelled to drop the mask of diplomatic suavity and declare the real aims of their political maneuvering. One may indeed deem it a stroke of good luck that an era so fraught with decision should have found in Karl Marx so penetrating and clear- sighted an interpreter. The amazing thing about Marx's commentaries is that, despite their journalistic nature, they are still worth reading. Indeed, only now can they be properly appreciated. For that reason they merit fresh consideration by everyone who has any interest in political actuality.

At that time, just as now, there was friction . . .

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