Collected Works, Volume 44: Letters 1870-73
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
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Volume 44 contains the letters of Marx and Engels from July 1870 to December 1873. This correspondence constitutes a valuable source for the study of the International Working Men's Association in its final stages. Many letters deal with the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) and discuss the belligerents' military strategy and the progress of the war, and consider the possible consequences. They discuss, in particular, the reasons for the defeat of the Paris Commune and its historic importance.
Marx/Engels Collected Works (MECW) is the largest collection of translations into English of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It contains all works published by Marx and Engels in their lifetimes and numerous unpublished manuscripts and letters. The Collected Works, which was translated by Richard Dixon and others, consists of 50 volumes. It was compiled and printed between 1975 and 2005 by Progress Publishers (Moscow) in collaboration with Lawrence and Wishart (London) and International Publishers (New York).
The Collected Works contains material written by Marx between 1835 and his death in 1883, and by Engels between 1838 and his death in 1895. The early volumes include juvenilia, including correspondence between Marx and his father, Marx's poetry, and letters from Engels to his sister. Several volumes collect the pair's articles for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung.
Other volumes in the Collected Works contain well-known works of Marx and Engels, including The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and previously unpublished or untranslated manuscripts. The Collected Works includes 13 volumes of correspondence by the mature Marx and Engels, covering the period from 1844 through 1895.
Although the Collected Works is the most complete collection of the work by Marx and Engels published to date in English, it is not their complete works. A project to publish the pair's complete works in German is expected to require more than 120 volumes.
Giuseppe Benedetti. 18 February Engels to William Burrs. 22 February Marx to Ferdinand Jozewicz. 24 February Marx to Hermann Jung. 26 February Marx to Laura Lafargue. 28 February Engels to Sigismund Borkheim. Early March Engels to Louis Pio. 7 March Marx to Hermann Jung. 7 March Marx to Friedrich Adolph Sorge. 8 March Marx to Emile Eudes. 9 March Engels to Paul Lafargue. 11 March Engels to Laura Lafargue. 11 March Engels to Louis Pio. Mid-March Marx to Friedrich Adolph Sorge. 15 March Engels to
know whether I might not be prevented by some diversion tomorrow. The fellow with Blind was Prof. Goldstücker, an old-time National Liberal. T h e scene became very stormy. 0 Student Blind even lied, asserting that Dr Jacoby was on his side (this was for the benefit of the Frenchmen present). On departing the fellows a Napoleon III - b 5 August - c See this volume, pp. 23-24. 13. Marx to Engels. 3 August 1870 31 let it be understood, not LITERALLY but by insinuation, that Oswald had been
for the first time 22 MARX T O ENGELS IN MANCHESTER Ramsgate, 12 August 1870 36 Hardres Street Dear FRED, Enclosed a mass of stuff. Please read it and send it back with your reasoned opinion. 61 Before I arrived here I already had pains in my left buttock and continuing into the loin. I did not know what it was. However, it has now acquired a definite character. It is rheumatism but of a diabolic kind, so that I can hardly sleep at night. An Englishman here who suffers from the same thing
with telegrams, all to this effect: Recognition of the French Republic by England. In point of fact, it is most important for France. It is the only thing you can at present do for her. The King of Prussia 3 treats officially Bonaparte as the ruling Sovereign of France. He wants to restore him. The French Republic will not exist officially before its recognition by the British Government. But no time is to be lost. Will you allow your Queen b and your oligarchs, under the dictation of Bismarck,
when we were tender youths. But to put all these things into our programme would mean alienating an enormous number of our members, and dividing rather than uniting the European proletariat.—When the efforts to get the Bakuninist programme adopted as the programme of the Association failed, an attempt was made to make the Association take a roundabout route. Bakunin formed in Geneva an 'Alliance of Socialist Democracy', which was to be an international association separate from ours. 1 0 —The