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Good books for absolute beginners to Marxism? [message #207] Mon, 11 February 2019 11:12 Go to next message
TheFinnishBolshevik
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In my opinion The Foundations of Leninism and Dialectical and Historical Materialism by Stalin are good introductions to those topics. But dialectics and Leninism are still somewhat advanced concepts.

The Communist Manifesto also discusses some of the basics but is honestly not the easiest to read for absolute newbies.

There is a soviet textbook from 1960 called The Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism which is probably the best comprehensive work on Marxism-Leninism as a whole, although there are 2 chapters that are influenced by Khruschevite revisionism and furthermore that book is really long, something like 700 pages. An excellent read for someone who wants to deepen and refresh their knowledge on ML, but not the best for absolute beginners.

So comrades. Do you know of any books that talk about the most basic concepts of marxism? The shorter the better. The simpler the language, the better.

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Re: Good books for absolute beginners to Marxism? [message #209 is a reply to message #207] Mon, 11 February 2019 11:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ackoli
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I have an edition of the communist manifesto called "The communist manifesto and selected writings" that also has some segments from a bunch of other writings, it's pretty much just an absolute basics edition that has all the important details.
Re: Good books for absolute beginners to Marxism? [message #215 is a reply to message #209] Mon, 11 February 2019 15:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Purged
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Marx for beginners by Rius, I've heard it's good.
Re: Good books for absolute beginners to Marxism? [message #219 is a reply to message #215] Mon, 11 February 2019 16:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Karl
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Wage Labour and Capital is a good introduction to Marx's ideas since it covers some of his main themes. It's relatively short and was originally delivered as a series of lectures. Unfortunately it was never properly finished.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/wage-labour /index.htm
Re: Good books for absolute beginners to Marxism? [message #229 is a reply to message #219] Tue, 12 February 2019 07:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
EaselWeasel
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How about Principles of Communism by Engels? I find it accessible to the most reluctant of readers through the Q&A format.
Re: Good books for absolute beginners to Marxism? [message #258 is a reply to message #229] Sat, 16 February 2019 20:08 Go to previous message
no_pasaran
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I usually recommend The Principles of Communism (Engels) over The Manifesto. It may be dated in some aspects but i find it's Q&A format more accessible.
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