The Communist Manifesto

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The Communist Manifesto  
The first edition of the book, in German.
Author(s) Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Country Germany
Language Originally German, subsequently into many others.
Genre(s) Political theory, Sociology
Publication date 21 February 1848

The Communist Manifesto, originally titled Manifesto of the Communist Party (German: Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) is a short book written by the German Marxist political theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848. It was commissioned by the Communist League and laid out the League's program and purposes. Rather than a prediction of communism's potential future forms, the text presents an analytical approach to the historical and present nature of class struggle and the problems of capitalism.[1] It has since been recognized as one of the world's most influential political manuscripts.[2]


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  2. Seymour-Smith, Maerin (1998). The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press.