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Main currents of Marxism : the founders, the golden age, the breakdown

Author: Leszek Kołakowski; P S Falla
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2005.
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"Drawing on powerful historical and philosophical insight, Main Currents of Marxism traces the intellectual foundations of Marxist thought from Plotinus through Hegel to Lukacs, Sartre, and Mao. Leszek Kolakowski reveals Marxism to be "the greatest fantasy of our century ... an idea that began in Promethean humanism and culminated in the monstrous tyranny of Stalinism." Long before the overwhelming majority of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Karl Marx; Friedrich Engels; Friedrich Engels; Karl Marx
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leszek Kołakowski; P S Falla
ISBN: 0393060543 9780393060546
OCLC Number: 61169688
Language Note: Translation of: Glówne nurty marksizmu.
Notes: Originally published: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1978.
Description: xxiv, 1284 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: v. 1. The founders --
v. 2. The golden age --
v. 3. The breakdown.
Other Titles: Główne nurty marksizmu.
Responsibility: Leszek Kołakowski ; translated from the Polish by P.S. Falla.
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