The Early Roots of Marx’s Capital

  • Paresh Chattopadhyay
Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)


Marx’s “Marginal Notes” of 1875 or what he called in a letter (to Bracke, May 5, 1875), a “long scrap of paper,” was a purely occasional text which its author felt compelled to compose, in order to underline what he thought to be the serious shortcomings in a workers’ Programme. However, the document could perhaps be considered a kind of second “Communist Manifesto,” authored by Marx alone this time. Both of them concern party organization—the Communist League and the German Workers’ Party. The second document was enriched by Marx’s great theoretical breakthroughs as well as by his involvement in the new forms of working class struggles as manifested above all in the work of the First International and the Paris Commune, posterior to the “Communist Manifesto.”


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  • Paresh Chattopadhyay
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  1. 1.University of Quebec in MontrealWestmountCanada

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