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  1. Gregory Sadler Gregory Sadler says:

    I'd like to specify before launching into my review of this excellent work of analysis that I'm neither a Marxist nor even someone on the Left though I once was I do still grant and appreciate the role of economic conditions and relations in conditioning what occurs in politics culture law and religion but I don't see the economic sphere as determining or even as predominating the other dimensions of human existenceThat's actually one of the lessons that comes through in this brilliant little text economics class interests and class consciousness play roles in but don't fully explain or predict what happens in politics What I particularly like about the mind of Marx seen in this essay is that history economics struggle etc are NOT deterministic There is some room for individual decisions and motivations for the person just as much as a political community to be a place of competing interests which have to make their claimsIn fact you could say that there's three main lessons Marx teaches here If the first is the one just noted the second is that it is inherent to human beings and culture that when they are launching forth into something new something radical something revolutionary they inevitably grope around for historical analogies idealized precedents dramatic roles as it were within which to locate themselves their own actions and intentions their rivals allies or enemies even the basic situation being faced The third lesson is one about liberal democracies the workings of politics in them and a particular danger always lurking unrealized or in our own time usually misfigured in the play of power and ideology Put very succinctly it is that when ideologically driven interests are fully engaged in the sort of conflict that pulls at the very fabric of society becoming plays and ploys for power carried out to implement this or that set of goals beyond mere power all of the competing factions are at a disadvantage with respect to the party or person which fundamentally just aims after powerThe story that Marx narrates exemplifies these lessons A word of warning though without some understanding of post Revolutionary French politics and culture it can be uite difficult to make sense out of some of the developments and parties within the story For example the Radicals in French parlance are really those who are still trying to continue the several decades past program of the French Revolution essentially a party of bourgeois interests looking for political change but focused on rights of property commerce production anti clerical and anti monarchic but certainly not radical in the sense that an American reader might expectThe situation as Marx depicts it is one in which competing parties each driven by their own class interests and class consciousness which will keep them of course from engaging in anything than alliances of expediency unable to seek any genuinely common good together are engaged in struggle with each other carried out partly through elections and the power that electoral victories bring through their involvements with important institutions or significant portions of French society through public opinion and at times through forceEach group is willing indeed at times eager to use what power they have against their perceived opponents and for the remaking of a society in clear crisis along their ideal lines Put very bluntly each group wants to gain power in order to use power to attain ends which are themselves beyond power They regard power instrumentally And this struggle opens the door for someone who sees things uite differently Napoleon III who Marx depicts as interested in power for its own sake not laboring under the sorts of restraints or illusions holding back the other players on the political stageGaining the support of the Army itself an venerable French institution with multiple roles different ideological resonances but also a keen conception of the need for some social order in the face of external threats Bonaparte steers the different political factions against each other none of them realizing that what he intends not only does not align with their interests but ultimately entirely negates them preparing the way for his rise to complete power a military backed autocracyBonaparte and the Army themselves were not immune to the temptation of historical mimesis Marx points out numerous enough parallels suggested themselves You might say that one of the ways the various competing parties went wrong was in not seeing what historical analogy they were actually acting within they thought they were involved in a very different game than the one it turned out they were in fact playingA last note One of my areas of work is study of totalitarian movements The standard Marxist interpretation of Fascism and National Socialism long acknowledged as oversimplistic and on some counts just dead wrong has been to see the FacistNS organizations as coming from the naturally conservative petit bourgeoisie and as being essentially tools of big capital tools which then turned on their makers or handlers When reading the 18th Brumiare it is hard not to see parallels that could have led to a much better accurate understanding of FascismNS if orthodox Marxists had thought through this rich work But this is and has been one of those works by Marx that does present problems for Marxists and Marxism perhaps that's why it's one of his best

  2. Anthony Buckley Anthony Buckley says:

    Just the best piece of political analysis ever written

  3. Karlo Mikhail Karlo Mikhail says:

    Classic Doubly relevant with the contemporary fascist upsurge

  4. Willow L Willow L says:

    Finished this on the day of Trump's inauguration apposite

  5. tom bomp tom bomp says:

    Idiosyncratic and often tough to follow but ultimately valuable as an example of Marx's historical method Sometimes loses focus or doesn't really make itself clear there were uite a few sentences that seemed to be missing a clause a few times he describes a class acting against its class interest as if it's normal some other stuff I should have noted down The last couple sections are the best I think although I might just have been in a better mood reading them He often assumes knowledge of events which is a bit annoyingAt the same time it does give an interesting perspective gives a useful idea of class analysis and does provide a decent amount of information on the era It contains a few bits of brilliance tooIt's uite possible that my reading of this was terrible I'll admit I didn't read it under the best of circumstances I recommend reading if you're a Marxist anyway I'll end with one of my favourite Marx uotes which are the opening wordsHegel remarks somewhere that all great world historic facts and personages appear so to speak twice He forgot to add the first time as tragedy the second time as farce Caussidière for Danton Louis Blanc for Robespierre the Montagne of 1848 to 1851 for the Montagne of 1793 to 1795 the nephew for the uncle And the same caricature occurs in the circumstances of the second edition of the Eighteenth BrumaireMen make their own history but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self selected circumstances but under circumstances existing already given and transmitted from the past The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things creating something that did not exist before precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service borrowing from them names battle slogans and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time honored disguise and borrowed language 2 years later I really really want to read this again sometime The first chapter has made a massive impact on me and I think of some of the uotes over and over It's massively influenced how I view a lot of politics and it's inspiring and good I dunno I think I underrated it last time

  6. David Nichols David Nichols says:

    It's probably not a good idea to attempt this long essay unless one is A comfortable with the author's heavy Germanic prose style and B familiar with the history of the short lived unlamented Second French Republic Assuming both conditions pertain the EIGHTEENTH BRUMAIRE repays the time invested in it; it contains some of Marx's bitchiest invective and concludes with a startling observation about the first French Revolution Namely that its winners were not the bourgeoisie but the small farmers who acuired confiscated clerical and aristocratic lands and who later became the conservative force that elected Louis Napoleon to the presidency and supported his coup d'etat

  7. Derek Derek says:

    excellent work of history; went into this knowing essentially nothing of the Bonaparte the nephew or 19th century France post Restoration and feel as if I've come out with a decent base knowledge of events Marx excellently elucidates his often oversimplified theories of capitalism and historical materialism here hashing out some of the idiosyncrasies of bourgeois rule in the particular context i believe a focus on the particular actors events and contexts as opposed to the basic structural is something lacking in a lot of Western Marxists and he gives a strong demonstration of what that should look like

  8. Trevor Trevor says:

    I really struggled with this but I had downloaded it from manybookscom and it didn't really have an introduction or notes I think Marx is making many very clever asides and observations throughout which due to my complete lack of knowledge of post Nepoleon French politics barely made a whizzing sound as they flew straight over my head I'll have to track down a penguin edition of this or something that explains all his jokes

  9. Σταμάτης Καρασαββίδης Σταμάτης Καρασαββίδης says:

    Just finished and gotta be honest I struggled alot reading it Especially having no idea of 19th century French political history I was caught off guard and had to research alot of background stuff while reading it Overall the book is a splendid materialist analysis of what is now historical events but when Marx wrote it it was recent events I really loved the first pages where some of the most basic ideas of historical materialism in general are grounded Now on the next part I've seen alot of people both here and in general compare what Marx describes as Caesarism and also the rise of Luis Bonaparte with the rise of fascism in Europe As far as i understood unless im incorrect marx describes the rise of luis bonaparte as the weakness failure and self destructio of the bourgeoisie Luis was not of the bourgeoisie he did not represent big capital he represented the lumpenproletariat On the contrary European fascism in italy and Nazism in germany represented the global big monopoly capital The most wide and en mass privatisations of history till then happened under nazi germany as soon as hitler came to power He represented the lumpen only through his words I'd say to what Marx describes luis as a caricature and farce of the first Napoleon european fascism is a double caricature of Luis Bonaparte because while in words hitler supported the lumpen when he got in power he showed his true face and by giving all weimar's state enterprises to either german english french and american businessmen Fascism was a movement that did not destroy the ruling bourgeois class it was the opposite It was a movement of this big bourgeois class to sustain their power and extend it even in the rise and fear of communism So after reading the book i disagree with this comparison that is often made by people that the rise of Luis is similar or comparable with the rise of fascism

  10. Hunter Tidwell Hunter Tidwell says:

    This is Marx at his most poetic A stunning account of the rise of Napoleon III from a standpoint that does to elucidate the mechanism of historical materialism than it does to account for one mere revolution in its own right Marx assumes a hefty knowledge of the events in France from the reader and this is in my view an error on his part as such many of the allusions will fly over the first time reader's head and the onslaught of French names are often not explained in their context This is the only thing preventing me from giving this book 5 stars although I hope to come back to it and give it that highest rating after learning about the period from other sources Immensely uotable work especially in the first and last chapters this book provides a way for understanding how the working class can be co opted by reactionary elements and the gross incompetence of the Party of Order corresponds almost exactly with the Democratic Party's obsession with style over substance in contemporary America

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Der 18te Brumaire des Louis Napoleon [Read] ➻ Der 18te Brumaire des Louis Napoleon ➸ Karl Marx – The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte is one of Karl Marx' most profound and most brilliant monographs It may be considered the best work extant on the philosophy of history with an eye especiall The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte Brumaire des Epub µ is one of Karl Marx' most profound and most brilliant monographs It may be considered the best work extant on the philosophy of history with an eye especially upon the history of the Movement of the Proletariat together with the bourgeois and Der 18te eBook ß other manifestations that accompany the same and the tactics that such conditions dictate Excerpt from Preface.

  • 184 pages
  • Der 18te Brumaire des Louis Napoleon
  • Karl Marx
  • 21 April 2016

About the Author: Karl Marx

Engels founded the Communist League in Brumaire des Epub µ and published the Communist Manifesto After the failed revolution of in Germany in which Marx participated he eventually wound up in London Marx worked as foreign correspondent for several US publications His Das Kapital came out in three volumes Der 18te eBook ß and Marx organized the International and helped found the Social Democratic Party of Germany Although Marx was not religious.