While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Marxism books.
- 1. Understanding Marxism (2019)
- 2. The Communist Manifesto (2014)
- 3. Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown (2008)
- 4. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (2000)
- 5. An Anthropology of Marxism (2019)
- 6. Marxism and Literature (Marxist Introductions) (1978)
- 7. A History of Russian Thought from the Enlightenment to Marxism (1979)
- 8. Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (2015)
- 9. Introducing Marxism: A Graphic Guide (2005)
- 10. Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory (Historical Materialism) (2014)
- 11. Marx: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2018)
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1. Understanding Marxism (2019)
Why should we pay attention to the great social critics like Marx? Americans, especially now, confront serious questions and evidences that our capitalist system is in trouble. It clearly serves the 1% far, far better than what it is doing to the vast mass of the people. Marx was a social critic for whom capitalism was not the end of human history. It was just the latest phase and badly needed the transition to something better. We offer this essay now because of the power and usefulness today of Marx’s criticism of the capitalist economic system. eBook: https://bit.ly/2K6iI8v…
2. The Communist Manifesto (2014)
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Leszek Kolakowski’s masterpiece, one of the twentieth century’s most important books―for the first time in a one-volume paperback. Renowned philosopher Leszek Kolakowski was one of the first scholars to reveal both the shortcomings and the dangers posed by communist regimes. He now presents, for the first time in one paperback volume, his definitive Main Currents of Marxism: “A prophetic work,” according to the Library of Congress, that provides “the most lucid and comprehensive history of the origins, structure, and posthumous development…
In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates that efforts to understand black people’s history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate. Marxist analyses tend to presuppose European models of history and experience that downplay the significance of black people and black communities as agents of change and resistance. Black radicalism must be linked to the traditions of Africa and the unique experiences of blacks on western continents, Robinson argues, and any analyses of African American history need to…
5. An Anthropology of Marxism (2019)
An Anthropology of Marxism offers Cedric Robinson’s analysis of the history of communalism that has been claimed by Marx and Marxists. Suggesting that the socialist ideal was embedded both in Western and non-Western civilizations and cultures long before the opening of the modern era and did not begin with or depend on the existence of capitalism, Robinson interrogates the social, cultural, institutional, and historical materials that were the seedbeds for communal modes of living and reimagining society. Ultimately, it pushes back against Marx’s vision of a better society as rooted in a…
This book extends the theme of Raymond Williams’s earlier work in literary and cultural analysis. He analyzes previous contributions to a Marxist theory of literature from Marx himself to Lukacs, Althusser, and Goldmann, and develops his own approach by outlining a theory of `cultural materialism’ which integrates Marxist theories of language with Marxist theories of literature.Williams moves from a review of the growth of the concepts of literature and idealogy to a redefinition of `determinism’ and `hegemony’. His incisive discussion of the ‘social material process’ of cultural activity culminates in…
7. A History of Russian Thought from the Enlightenment to Marxism (1979)
This study, first published in 1980, offers a synthesis of Russian intellectual history from the reign of Catherine II to the end of the 19th century. It emphasizes philosophy but also discusses the European political, social and economic ideas that expanded Russian intellectual horizons. Andrzej Walicki is the author of four other books including “Legal Philosophies of Russian Liberalism”….
8. Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (2015)
In Queer Marxism in Two Chinas Petrus Liu rethinks the relationship between Marxism and queer cultures in mainland China and Taiwan. Whereas many scholars assume the emergence of queer cultures in China signals the end of Marxism and demonstrates China's political and economic evolution, Liu finds the opposite to be true. He challenges the persistence of Cold War formulations of Marxism that position it as intellectually incompatible with queer theory, and shows how queer Marxism offers a nonliberal alternative to Western models of queer…
9. Introducing Marxism: A Graphic Guide (2005)
Was Marx himself a ‘Marxist’? Was his visionary promise of socialism betrayed by Marxist dictatorship? Is Marxism inevitably totalitarian? What did Marx really say? “Introducing Marxism” provides a fundamental account of Karl Marx’s original philosophy, its roots in 19th century European ideology, his radical economic and social criticism of capitalism that inspired vast 20th century revolutions….
Lise Vogel revisits classical Marxian texts, tracking analyses of “the woman question” in socialist theory and drawing on central theoretical categories of Marx’s Capital to open up an original theorization of gender and the social production and reproduction of material life. Includes Vogel’s article, “Domestic Labor Revisited” which extends and clarifies her main theoretical innovations….
Karl Marx is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, whose theories have shaped and directed political, economic, and social thought for 150 years. Considering Marx’s life and impact, renowned philosopher Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx’s thought, enabling us to grasp Marx’s views as a whole. Presenting Marx as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist, Singer explains Marx’s key ideas on alienation, historical materialism, and the economic theory of Capital, in plain English.In…
Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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The Fate of the Russian Revolution "Lost Texts of Critical Marxism" v.I
Author(s): Sean Matgamna (editor)
ID: 2298572, Publisher: Phoenix Press, Year: June 1998, Size: 19 Mb, Format: pdf
The life and thought of Friedrich Engels
Author(s): Terrell Carver
ID: 2664812, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
Routledge Handbook of Marxism and Post-Marxism
Author(s): Alex Callinicos;Stathis Kouvelakis;Lucia Pradella;
ID: 2828170, Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Unlimited), Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really record-breakers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.