Collected Works, Volume 48: Letters 1887-90
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
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Volume 48 contains Engels' letters dated from January 1887 to July 1890. Many of the letters are to key participants in the working-class and socialist movement in Europe and the USA. Other letters contain information about Engels' work in carrying on the editing of Marx's writings, especially Capital Volume 2. A recurring theme is Engels' fear that rivalry between the great European powers will bring war, which will destroy the nascent socialist movement.
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 It contains all works published by Marx and Engels in their lifetimes and numerous unpublished manuscripts and letters.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The Communist Manifesto, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Capital, lesser-known works, and previously unpublished or untranslated manuscripts.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.
federated States, or who has manufactured forged money.' - there's progress for you Letters- 1887 55 28 ENGELS TO FRIEDRICH ADOLPH SORGE100 IN HOBOKEN London, 4 May 1887 Dear Sorge, I trust you are feeling better and that your fears about becoming quite incapable of writing will not be realised. I too have found writing difficult; since the New Year I have had chronic ophthalmia, which has greatly restricted my reading and particularly my writing. Next week I shall be consulting one of the
as yet far from being the case. And unless there is an overwhelming force from the provinces brought to bear on London, the London squabblers will not be silenced—except by a real movement of the London masses. There has 82 Letters - 1 8 8 7 been in m y opinion already too much impatience s h o w n in what is called by courtesy the socialist movement in England; experimentalising with fresh attempts at organisation will be worse than useless until there is really something to organise. A n d
Alliance, with England in reserve, is strong enough to ward off, almost effortlessly, any FrancoRussian attack. On the other hand, an offensive war against France with her newly entrenched positions, and against vast and impoverished Russia, would present more problems than pleasures. The impossibility of a true alliance between the Tsarb and the Republic, both of whose governments are manifestly labile, becomes increasingly evident. In Russia, even the Slavophiles187 are turning against the
Years War.221 And it wouldn't be over quickly, despite the colossal military forces engaged. For France is protected by very extensive fortifications along its frontiers in the northwest and southeast, and the new works at Paris are models of their kind. So it will take a long time, and Russia is not to be reduced by storm either. Even if everything goes in accordance with Bismarck's wishes, therefore, unprecedented demands will be made on the nation and it is quite possible that the postponement
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