Life[ edit ] Childhood and early education:
Jun 13, Naeem rated it it was amazing This is a terrific book. It humanizes Marx and places his life and his ideas in his historical context. About the man, we learn, for example, that he loved his family; he was dedicated to his playtime with his children and devoted too to his wife and partner, Jenny.
The excerpted love letters late in their life are gems. I learned that he wrote much, much more as a journalist than as a theorist; that he was a perfectionist who had to be nagged by Engels and by Jenny to get his work in.
I lea This is a terrific book. I learned that he was dogged by relative poverty and that without inheritance, loans, and gifts — mostly from Engels — he and his family would not have survived. As it was, three of their seven children died. Jenny had 7 births.
Marx had a child with the live-in family servant — Lenchen Demouth. I learned that his inability to secure a job, acquire regular income, or even live in one city was the result of his refusal to moderate his ideas or his convictions.
Sperber places Marx in his Nineteenth Century context. The strongest sense I had was understanding the role of nationalism in the time period when both Germany and Italy were not yet states. One gets a powerful sense of the lingering influence of the Reformation in response to which some are fighting for a secular world of states while others are fighting for a return to empire and the papacy.
Of course, Marx is a partisan for modernity in this context. Chapter 10 shows that Marx was fully devoted to Hegel and his methods — even as he dramatically inverted the Hegelian dialectical.
I think Sperber gets the ideas right.
All this comes alive in a writing style that had me turning the pages — I read the pages in a few days and then immediately purchased the book. I am not sure what else we can ask of a biography. To see Marx as merely a human being was liberating for me.
I could see his incredible genius, his tremendous work ethic, and his sheer tenacity. But I could also see him as created by his times, as essentially flawed, and as a fully human.
The list of what he got right will take longer to write.As the world reflects on years since the birth of Karl Marx, his writings are being sampled by more and more people. If you’re new to the work of one of the greatest social scientists of all.
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life This new Marx biography refrains from judging its subject with contemporary values, helping readers to understand the man's ideas in the context of his life. Friedrich Engels (/ ˈ ɛ ŋ (ɡ) əl z /; German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈʔɛŋl̩s]; sometimes anglicised Frederick Engels; 28 November – 5 August ) was a German philosopher, communist, social scientist, journalist and businessman.
His father was an owner of a large textile factory in Salford, England..
Engels founded Marxist theory together with Karl Marx and in published The. “Absorbing, meticulously researched [Sperber] succeeds in the primary task of all biography, re-creating a man who leaps off the page.” ―Jonathan Freedland, New York Times Book Review In this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, “likely to be definitive for many years to come” (John Gray, New York Review of Books), historian Jonathan Sperber creates a meticulously researched.
I have not studied Marx as closely as other 19th century thinkers (Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche), and I don't have the background in the history of economics to pick up the subtleties of Capital or to criticize Marx's principal contentions there and grupobittia.coms: The philosopher, social scientist, historian and revolutionary, Karl Marx, is without a doubt the most influential socialist thinker to emerge in the 19th century.