Books for changing the world
The Theory of Revolution in the Young Marx
The ideas of Marx's early writings come alive in this important examination of their lasting relevance.

“This book is brilliant, incisive, honest and deserves to be read with attention. It is an important event in the Marxist theoretical production.” —Politique Hebdo

“A remarkable essay, whose merit is not only theoretical, but also historical, because it examines unknown aspects of the evolution of young Marx’s thinking.”—Politis

In the 1840s, the young German journalist Karl Marx developed ideas about modern society that remain as relevant today as when they were first developed. Here Löwy shows the lasting force of Marx’s early writings on alienation and emancipation.

Michael Löwy is research director in sociology at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique, Paris. He is the author of many books, including Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity.


Other books by Michael Löwy

  • Marx in Paris, 1871

    An imaginative work of historical fiction places Karl Marx in the thick of the remarkable events of the Paris Commune.

  • Revolutions

    Revolutions is a unique collection of rare photographs documenting some of the most important revolutionary upheavals, from the 1871 Paris Commune to the Zapatista rebellion of the 1990s.

  • Ecosocialism

    Revolutionary ideas and strategies to save the planet.
  • On Changing the World

    Michael Löwy highlights the cultural, “spiritual,” and ethical dimensions of Marxist thought largely neglected by most of the existing literature.
  • The Politics of Combined and Uneven Development

    Drawing on the prescient insights of Leon Trotsky, Löwy explores the contradictions of global economic development.