Hailed by Friedrich Engels as the bible of the working class, this 1867 classic of political economics changed the course of history. Thirty years in the making, Capital, Volume I was the first installment of Karl Marx's three-part Das Kapital and the only volume published during his lifetime. Marx declared that society is evolving from crude, unbalanced economic systems toward a utopian state -- specifically, communism. His critiques of private property and class struggles aroused tremendous interest and exercised an influence that resonates to this day.
Marx offers a penetrating analysis of capitalism's inner workings, examining commodities, value, money, and other factors related to the system's historic origins and contemporary functions. These considerations form the framework for his conclusion: the system cannot be reformed and must be overthrown by a revolution, resulting in a socialist society in which production serves the needs of every individual rather than generating profits for the few.
- ISBN-13: 9780486477480
- ISBN-10: 0486477487
- Publisher: Dover Publications
- Publish Date: March 2011
- Dimensions: 8.22 x 5.24 x 1.81 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Page Count: 880