In the second instalment of our brand new series of podcasts, Julia Nicholls discusses one of the most controversial texts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Written by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in late 1847 and published in 1848, The Communist Manifesto begins with the immortal line:
‘A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism’.
Written in response to European fears about Communism in the middle of the 19th century, it is a text that’s impact is still felt to this very day. But how why did Engels and Marx decide to write the text? What does it say? And, how much of an impact has the text had? Here, we unravel our second ICONIC TEXT.
Julia Nicholls studied at King’s College, Cambridge where she gained a first in History and distinction in the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. She is now in the final year of a PhD at QMUL, focusing on French revolutionary socialist thought in the late nineteenth century. She is being supervised by Gareth Stedman Jones.
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