Marx's Eighteenth Brumaire: (Post)modern Interpretations by Mark Cowling, James Martin

By Mark Cowling, James Martin

Mark Cowling, James Martin (eds.)

Marx's account of the increase of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte is considered one of his most vital texts. Written after the defeat of the 1848 revolution in France and Bonaparte’s next coup, it's a concrete research that increases enduring theoretical questions on the nation, type clash and beliefs. not like his past analyses, Marx develops a nuanced argument about the independence of the country from category pursuits, the different sorts of periods, and the choosing strength of principles and imagery in politics. within the Eighteenth Brumaire he applies his ‘materialist belief of history’ to a precise old occasion with remarkable subtlety and a magnificent, robust command of language.This quantity includes the newest and commonly acclaimed translation of the Eighteenth Brumaire by way of Terrell Carver, including a chain of specifically commissioned essays at the significance of the Brumaire in Marx’s canon. participants talk about its carrying on with value and curiosity, the old history and its present-day relevance for political philosophy and history.


1. advent - Mark Cowling and James Martin

SECTION 1 The Text

2. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (Trans. Terrell Carver) - Karl Marx

SECTION 2 The Eighteenth Brumaire as Discourse

3. Imagery/Writing, Imagination/Politics: analyzing Marx in the course of the Eighteenth Brumaire - Terrell Carver

4. acting Politics: type, ideology and discourse in Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire - James Martin

SECTION three: The Eighteenth Brumaire as History

5. Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte: 'hero' or 'grotesque mediocrity’? - Roger Price

6. The allure of Bonapartism - Geoff Watkins

SECTION four The Autonomy of the State?

7. The Political Scene and the Politics of illustration: periodising classification fight and the nation within the Eighteenth Brumaire - Bob Jessop

8. Making experience of the ‘Relative Autonomy’ of the kingdom - Paul Wetherly

SECTION five The Eighteenth Brumaire, sessions and sophistication fight, Then and Now

9. The Eighteenth Brumaire and Thatcherism - Paul Blackledge

10. Marx's Lumpenproletariat and Murray's Underclass: innovations top deserted? - Mark Cowling

11. the following content material Transcends word: the Eighteenth Brumaire because the key to knowing Marx’s critique of utopian socialism
- Darren Webb

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The February revolution [of 1848] had at once proclaimed a general right to vote in place of this suffrage. The bourgeois republicans could not undo this event. They had therefore 30 Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire to content themselves by restricting it to include a six months residence requirement in the constituency. The old administration – local government, the judicial system, the army, etc. – was left untouched, or where altered by the constitution, the change concerned the table of contents, not the content, and the names, not the substance.

The bombardment of Rome by French troops [in June 1849] was thrown to it as bait. It violated article V of the [preamble to the] constitution which prohibits the French republic from turning its military forces against the freedom of any other people. In addition [chapter V] § 54 forbade any declaration of war by the executive without the assent of the national assembly, and by its resolution of 8 May [1849] the constituent assembly had disavowed the expedition to Rome. On these grounds Ledru-Rollin introduced a bill of impeachment against Bonaparte and his ministers on 11 June 1849, and stung by Thiers into action, he let himself get carried away to the point of threatening that he would defend the constitution by any means, even fighting hand-to-hand.

This position under the constitutional monarchy accorded with its character. It was not a faction of the bourgeoisie held together through substantial common interests and set apart by peculiar conditions of production. It was a coterie of republican-minded businessmen, writers, lawyers, officers and officials whose influence rested on the personal antipathy of the country to Louis Philippe, on recollections of the old republic [of 1789–99], on the republican faith of a number of enthusiasts, above all on French nationalism, a continuously awakened hatred for the Vienna treaties [of 1814–15] and the [restoration] alliance with England.

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