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Marx's 'Eighteenth Brumaire'

Marx's 'Eighteenth Brumaire'

(Post)Modern Interpretations

Edited by Mark Cowling and James Martin

An acclaimed translation of one of Marx's most important texts, along with essays discussing its contemporary relevance.
Marx's account of the rise of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte is one of his most important texts. Written after the defeat of the 1848 revolution in France and Bonaparte's subsequent coup, it is a concrete analysis that raises enduring theoretical questions about the state, class conflict and ideology.

Unlike his earlier analyses, Marx develops a nuanced argument concerning the independence of the state from class interests, the different types of classes, and the determining power of ideas and imagery in politics. In the Eighteenth Brumaire he applies his 'materialist conception of history' to an actual historical event with extraordinary subtlety and an impressive, powerful command of language.

This volume contains the most recent and widely acclaimed translation of the Eighteenth Brumaire by Terrell Carver, together with a series of specially commissioned essays on the importance of the Brumaire in Marx's canon. Contributors discuss its continuing significance and interest, the historical background and its contemporary relevance for political philosophy and history.

Mark Cowling is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Teesside. He is co-editor of Marx's 'Eighteenth Brumaire': (Post)Modern Interpretations (Pluto, 2002) and Marxism, the Millennium and Beyond (St. Martin's Press, 2000).

1. Introduction by Mark Cowling and James Martin
SECTION 1 The Text
2. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (Trans. Terrell Carver) by Karl Marx
SECTION 2 The Eighteenth Brumaire as Discourse
3. Imagery/Writing, Imagination/Politics: reading Marx through the Eighteenth Brumaire by Terrell Carver
4. Performing Politics: class, ideology and discourse in Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire by James Martin
SECTION 3: The Eighteenth Brumaire as History
5. Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte: 'hero' or 'grotesque mediocrity’? by Roger Price
6. The Appeal of Bonapartism by Geoff Watkins
SECTION 4 The Autonomy of the State?
7. The Political Scene and the Politics of Representation: periodising class struggle and the state in the Eighteenth Brumaire by Bob Jessop
8. Making Sense of the ‘Relative Autonomy’ of the State by Paul Wetherly
SECTION 5 The Eighteenth Brumaire, Classes and Class Struggle, Then and Now
9. The Eighteenth Brumaire and Thatcherism by Paul Blackledge
10. Marx's Lumpenproletariat and Murray's Underclass: concepts best abandoned? by Mark Cowling
11. Here Content Transcends Phrase: the Eighteenth Brumaire as the key to understanding Marx’s critique of utopian socialism
by Darren Webb
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2002
Paperback ISBN: 9780745318301
eBook ISBN: 9781783716746

256 pages

135mm x 215mm