Das Kapital (1867)

Das Kapital—or in English, Capital—was initially published by the German philosopher, economist, and political revolutionary in 1867. Marx published the first volume, parts of which are the focus on this guide, in 1867. After Marx’s death, his friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels publish a second volume in 1885 and a third volume in 1894. The SparkNote guide focuses on one component of Das Kapital: Marx’s schema of how the capitalist system functions. It offers coverage of Section 1 of Chapter 1 and of Chapters 4, 6, 7, 10, and 14 from the first volume of Das Kapital.

Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 (1927)

The 1844 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts remained unpublished during Marx’s lifetime and did not surface until 1927, some forty-four years after his death. These manuscripts illustrate the young Marx’s transition from philosophy to political economy (what is now called economics). 

In the guide Selected Works of Karl Marx, SparkNotes offers three sections of Summary & Analysis sections of essays from the 1844 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts: a section that discusses “Estranged Labour” and a section about the essays “The Meaning of Human Requirements” and “Critique of Hegelian Dialectic and Philosophy as a Whole.”

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