Karl Marx has ratings and 69 reviews. William2 said: Excellent biography. Herr Marx was a nasty motherfucker. If you did not agree with him, he vilif. In this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, “likely to be definitive for many years to come” (John Gray, New York Review of Books), historian Jonathan Sperber. This is not a book about how Karl Marx changed the world. It is not about the revolutions and crimes committed in his name in the 20th century.

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Sperber succeeds magnificently in this task. The result is to demystify Marx and return the man to us shorn of the mythmaking and iconography. Marx’s life was a poignant one, full of struggle and tragedy.

Boehm-Bawerk was honest enough to admit monathan, but most “neoclassical” economists, as partisans of the marginal utility approach came to be known, were not so open about the fundamental differences in their understanding of economics from that of the iconic pioneers of their discipline.

Has any historical figure ever had so many misconceptions and distortions imposed on his or her legacy as Karl Marx?

Marx Still Matters

Two centuries on, he is still revered as a prophet of the modern world, yet he jonaghan also blamed for the darkest atrocities of modern times. Someone had to own the ground. Despite the highly tedious middle sperberr, this book is definitely worth 4 stars. For me, this gives the story an ‘after-the-fact’ feeling, despite his attention to historical context. For me what’s most interesting here is how he refuses to see Marx’s work as a monolithic, fully coherent body of theory.


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We enter the chaos of his study, where manuscripts tottered in piles. One of these items ships sooner than the other.

In terms of Marx-studies, Sperber tries to deconstruct the long-standing bifurcation, holy to Marxist philosophers, between Marx’s early thought- the manuscripts- and his most “mature” thought, such as Das Kapital. Where Sperber varies from the established insider view in any major way, it is in matters of interpretation and opinion rather than of fact and chronology, and indeed very little by way of new theoretical or political advantage is jonathaan from these archives in this work or sperger I have seen.

Sperber makes clear the reasons for Marx’s Jacobin-centrism. And it is a refreshingly anti-populist take. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Benjamin was plagued not only with anti-Semitism but even more with interests and a style that could not find sponsorship in the German universities of his time. The roots of this problem lie in the long history of tendentious spperber on Karl Marx. I do not regret it. For us, Marx is polarizing.

In the end what made Karl Marx run remained somewhat of a mystery, which I took to be the mark of a good biography, ie. Such historiographical revisions have included downplaying the effects of the industrial revolution, and highlighting that religion was much more central to the period than previously assumed. Sperber spebrer it back around in the end with shorter, more targeted discussions of Marx as philosopher, economist, and private man.


Marx tried desperately if vainly to offer an answer, but meanwhile the world was changing around him: It has for example become common in popular writing on Marx to begin with the claim that his ideas need to be better understood given the most recent crisis of capitalism. Sperber’s understanding of Marx’s personality is much deeper than that of other biographers — he was a tortured, bullish, emotional, obviously Anglo-German bourgeois figure.

English Choose a language for shopping. And that means understanding how his ideas were formed and fit into the 19th Century times in which he lived. Are there any other ‘unforced errors’ in Sperber’s biography?

Karl Marx: a Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber – review

It turns out that Marx was trained in Germany as a philosopher in the school of the German philosopher Hegel to use analytical methods called Hegelism or dialectics.

Jun 20, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: Without Engels there would be no Marx. In my opinion true love is expressed in reserve, modesty and even in the shyness of the lover towards his idol. Assembly Required Issue 9: