Marx-Engels Collected Works

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Date of beginning 1975
Date of end 2004


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Marx/Engels Collected Works (also known as MECW) is the largest existing collection of English translations of many of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It contains publications by Marx and Engels released during their lifetimes, many unpublished manuscripts of Marx's economic writings, and extensive correspondence. The Collected Works, 50 volumes, was compiled and issued from 1975 to 2004 by Progress Publishers (1931, Moscow) in collaboration with Lawrence and Wishart (1936, London) and International Publishers (1924, New York City).

Although the Collected Works is the most comprehensive English translation of Marx and Engels' work, it is not their complete work. An ongoing project to publish the pair's complete works in German is expected to require 114 volumes.[1]

Overview[edit source]

The Collected Works consists of a collection of writings by Marx between 1835 and his death in 1883, and by Engels between 1838 and his death in 1895. Early volumes include juvenilia, such as correspondence between Marx and his father, Marx's poetry, and letters from Engels to his sister. The Collected Works also contain several major, well-known works by Marx and Engels, such as The Communist Manifesto (V. 6), The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (V. 11), and The Condition of the Working Class in England (V. 4). In addition, a large body of previously unpublished or untranslated material is collected, consisting of newspaper articles, letters, and other minor writings. The collection is divided into three parts. Volumes 1-27 collect the political, philosophical, historical and journalistic writings of the authors, in chronological order. Volumes 28-37 specifically collect Marx's writings on political economy, including a large amount of draft material and manuscripts which culminated in the three volumes of Capital (V. 35-37). Finally, volumes 38-50 collect the letters and personal correspondence of the authors.

Contents by volume[edit source]

Although most of MECW's volumes include material written by Marx and Engels (whether separately or as co-authors), a large minority of volumes are devoted to material written by only one author. Red check marks indicate the author's presence in a volume, while black X marks indicate that the author's work is absent. Although the volumes typically contain large varieties of material, only major selected items are listed below, for illustration.

Volume Marx Engels Period Pub. Date Major Contents
≣ 1   PDF-horizontal.png 1835-1843 1975 Early writings of Marx, including doctoral dissertation The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature[2]
≣ 2   PDF-horizontal.png 1838-1842 1975 Early writings of Engels[3]
≣ 3   PDF-horizontal.png 1843-1844 1975 Early writings of both, including the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844[4]
≣ 4   PDF-horizontal.png 1844-1845 1975 The Holy Family, The Condition of the Working Class in England[5]
≣ 5   PDF-horizontal.png 1845-1847 1976 The German Ideology, Theses on Feuerbach[6]
≣ 6   PDF-horizontal.png 1845-1848 1976 The Communist Manifesto, The Poverty of Philosophy, Principles of Communism[7]
≣ 7   PDF-horizontal.png 1848 1977 Articles for Neue Rheinische Zeitung[8][9][10]
≣ 8   PDF-horizontal.png 1848-1849 1977
≣ 9   PDF-horizontal.png 1849 1977
≣10   PDF-horizontal.png 1849-1851 1978 The Class Struggles in France 1848–1850, The Peasant War in Germany[11]
≣11   PDF-horizontal.png 1851-1853 1979 The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany[12]
≣12   PDF-horizontal.png 1853-1854 1979 Newspaper articles concerning global politics and other writings, including The Civil War in the United States[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]
≣13   PDF-horizontal.png 1854-1855 1980
≣14   PDF-horizontal.png 1855-1856 1980
≣15   PDF-horizontal.png 1856-1858 1986
≣16   PDF-horizontal.png 1858-1860 1980
≣17   PDF-horizontal.png 1859-1860 1981
≣18   PDF-horizontal.png 1857-1862 1982
≣19   PDF-horizontal.png 1861-1864 1984
≣20   PDF-horizontal.png 1864-1868 1985 Articles and writings concerning the First International, Value, Price and Profit (V. 20)[21][22][23][24]
≣21   PDF-horizontal.png 1867-1870 1985
≣22   PDF-horizontal.png 1870-1871 1986
≣23   PDF-horizontal.png 1871-1874 1988
≣24   PDF-horizontal.png 1874-1883 1989 Critique of the Gotha Program, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific[25]
≣25   PDF-horizontal.png 1987 Anti-Dühring, Dialectics of Nature[26]
≣26   PDF-horizontal.png 1882-1889 1990 Origin of the Family, Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy[27]
≣27   PDF-horizontal.png 1890-1895 1990 Late political writings of Engels[28]
≣28   PDF-horizontal.png 1857-1861 1986 Grundrisse, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy[29][30]
≣29   PDF-horizontal.png 1857-1861 1987
≣30   PDF-horizontal.png 1861-1863 1988 Economic Manuscripts of 1861–1863, which includes Theories of Surplus Value[31][32][33][34][35]
≣31   PDF-horizontal.png 1861-1863 1989
≣32   PDF-horizontal.png 1861-1863 1989
≣33   PDF-horizontal.png 1861-1863 1991
≣34   PDF-horizontal.png 1861-1864 1994
≣35   PDF-horizontal.png 1996 Capital, Volume I[36]
≣36   PDF-horizontal.png 1997 Capital, Volume II[37]
≣37   PDF-horizontal.png 1998 Capital, Volume III[38]
≣38   PDF-horizontal.png 1844-1851 1982 Letters[39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51]
≣39   PDF-horizontal.png 1852-1855 1983
≣40   PDF-horizontal.png 1856-1859 1983
≣41   PDF-horizontal.png 1860-1864 1985
≣42   PDF-horizontal.png 1864-1868 1987
≣43   PDF-horizontal.png 1868-1870 1988
≣44   PDF-horizontal.png 1870-1873 1989
≣45   PDF-horizontal.png 1874-1879 1991
≣46   PDF-horizontal.png 1880-1883 1992
≣47   PDF-horizontal.png 1883-1886 1995
≣48   PDF-horizontal.png 1887-1890 2001
≣49   PDF-horizontal.png 1890-1892 2001
≣50   PDF-horizontal.png 1892-1895 2004

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See also[edit source]


References[edit source]

  1. marxforschung.de: Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA²) (German)
  2. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1975). Collected Works. 1. London. ISBN 9780853152842.
  3. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1975). Collected Works. 2. London. ISBN 9780853152927.
  4. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1975). Collected Works. 3. London. ISBN 9780853152934.
  5. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1975). Collected Works. 4. London. ISBN 9780853152941.
  6. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1976). Collected Works. 5. London. ISBN 9780853153115.
  7. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1976). Collected Works. 6. London. ISBN 9780853153122.
  8. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1977). Collected Works. 7. London. ISBN 9780853153528.
  9. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1977). Collected Works. 8. London. ISBN 9780853153535.
  10. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1977). Collected Works. 9. London. ISBN 9780853153542.
  11. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1978). Collected Works. 10. London. ISBN 9780853153559.
  12. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1979). Collected Works. 11. London. ISBN 9780853153566.
  13. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1979). Collected Works. 12. London. ISBN 9780853153573.
  14. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1980). Collected Works. 13. London. ISBN 9780853153580.
  15. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1980). Collected Works. 14. London. ISBN 9780853154358.
  16. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1986). Collected Works. 15. London. ISBN 9780853154365.
  17. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1980). Collected Works. 16. London. ISBN 9780853154372.
  18. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1981). Collected Works. 17. London. ISBN 9780853154389.
  19. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1982). Collected Works. 18. London. ISBN 9780853154396.
  20. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1984). Collected Works. 19. London. ISBN 9780853154402.
  21. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1985). Collected Works. 20. London. ISBN 9780853154419.
  22. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1985). Collected Works. 21. London. ISBN 9780853154426.
  23. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1986). Collected Works. 22. London. ISBN 9780853154433.
  24. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1988). Collected Works. 23. London. ISBN 9780853154440.
  25. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1989). Collected Works. 24. London. ISBN 9780853154457.
  26. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1987). Collected Works. 25. London. ISBN 9780853154464.
  27. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1990). Collected Works. 26. London. ISBN 9780853154471.
  28. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1990). Collected Works. 27. London. ISBN 9780853154488.
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  33. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1989). Collected Works. 32. London. ISBN 9780853154532.
  34. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1991). Collected Works. 33. London. ISBN 9780853154549.
  35. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1994). Collected Works. 34. London. ISBN 9780853154556.
  36. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1996). Collected Works. 35. London. ISBN 9780853158523.
  37. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1997). Collected Works. 36. London. ISBN 9780853154570.
  38. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1998). Collected Works. 37. London. ISBN 9780853154587.
  39. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1982). Collected Works. 38. London. ISBN 9780853154594.
  40. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1983). Collected Works. 39. London. ISBN 9780853154600.
  41. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1983). Collected Works. 40. London. ISBN 9780853154617.
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  43. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1987). Collected Works. 42. London. ISBN 9780853156185.
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  46. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1991). Collected Works. 45. London. ISBN 9780853156215.
  47. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1992). Collected Works. 46. London. ISBN 9780853156222.
  48. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (1995). Collected Works. 47. London. ISBN 9780853156239.
  49. Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich (2001). Collected Works. 48. London. ISBN 9780853156246.
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