Author: Aijaz AhmedPublisher: LeftWordYear: 2001Language: EnglishPages: 252ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187496150
Marx and Engel were first drawn into political militancy on the issue of the national unification of their native land, Germany, and the creation of a democratic republic there to replace monarchical autocracy. They had begun studying the colonial question in diverse countries from Ireland to India and China, as well as the national question in several European countries such as Poland, in their youth. Then, the decade following the publication of the communist Manifesto witnessed the national-democratic revolutions of 1848 all across Europe and the uprisings in India during 1857-59. They participated actively in the European revolutions and thought deeply about British colonialism in India, writing thousands of pages on these developments. Their reflections on India and China were crucial in Marx’s later and more mature work, notably Capital, where colonialism is seen as a fundamental element in the primary accumulation of capital within Europe. Similarly, the German experience made them deeply aware of the frequent counter-revolutionary role of the bourgeoisie even in the national-democratic revolutions.Their analyses of European nationalisms on the one hand, and of the colonial experience in Asia on the other, are usually seen as totally separate bodies of writing. This selection is unique in that it tries to see all of that work as part of a single political and theoretical project.
Note on the SelectionsIntroductionCHAPTER IOn the Decline of Feudalism and the Emergence of National StatesFrom the Communist ManifestoFrom the Genesis of the Industrial CapitalistThe Movements of 1847From England in 1845 and 1885Engels to Karl Kautsky Marx to Engels CHAPTER IIThe British Rule in IndiaIndiaThe Future Results of the British Rule in IndiaThe Revolt in the Indian ArmyThe Revolt in IndiaThe Indian RevoltInvestigation of Tortures in IndiaBritish Incomes in IndiaDetails of the Attack on LucknowThe British Army in IndiaMarx to N F DanielsonFrom Persia and ChinaThe Opium TradeThe Opium TradeCHAPTER IIIOn PolandOn the Polish QuestionWhat Have the Working Classes to Do with Poland?From the Frankfurt Assembly debates the Polish QuestionThe State of GermanyThe Prussian ConstitutionFrom the Constitutional Question in GermanyFrom The Berlin Debate on the RevolutionCHAPTER IVEngels to MarxFrom the Crisis in EnglandRecord of a Speech on the Irish QuestionFrom Lord John RussellMarx to EngelsFrom confidential communicationFrom the English Government and the Fenian PrisonersMarx to Ludwig KugelmannMarx to Engels Marx to Sigfrid Meyer and August VogtEngels to Eduard BernsteinIndex