The Communist Manifesto
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2004
  • ISBN: 9781551113333 / 1551113333
  • 256 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Communist Manifesto

  • Publication Date: August 30, 2004
  • ISBN: 9781551113333 / 1551113333
  • 256 pages; 5½" x 8½"

L.M. Findlay’s elegant new translation is a work of textual and historical scholarship. Few books have had as much of an impact on modern history as The Communist Manifesto. Since it was first published in 1848, it has become the rallying cry for revolutionary movements around the world. This new Broadview edition draws on the 1888 Samuel Moore translation supervised by Engels—the standard English version in Marxist discourse—and on the original Helen Macfarlane translation into English of 1850.

Throughout, Findlay draws on a variety of disciplines and maintains a broad-ranging perspective. Among the appendices are Engels’ “Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith,” correspondence and journalism of Marx and Engels, ten illustrations, and eight additional influential political manifestos from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


“L.M. Findlay’s excellent translation of The Communist Manifesto, embedded in a splendid introduction and a most carefully chosen appendix of Marx and Engels pieces, superbly places this nineteenth-century classic in an extraordinary historical context. There is no other edition at the moment that can match its quality in terms of translation, and its substance in terms of historical context.” — Renate Holub, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California, Berkeley

“Findlay engages the reader by depicting how personal and historical events shaped the thinking of Marx and Engels. At the same time, he clarifies why Marx and Engels pursue the manifesto format, explains its historical significance as a political genre, and highlights the importance of Marxist concerns in the post-industrial, post-Cold War era. Combined with the excellent array of appendices, Findlay’s translation should enrich readers’ understanding of the Manifesto’s historical context and help solidify their understanding of the fundamentals of Marxism.” — Bryon Moraski, University of Florida

“Findlay’s new edition of The Communist Manifesto is very scholarly, and the additional documents are a real bonus, providing an interesting context for the work. All in all, this is an excellent edition.” — Walter Adamson, Emory University

“A great teaching text.” — James Tully, University of Victoria

List of Illustrations
A Note on the Text
Marx and Engels: A Brief Chronology

The Communist Manifesto

Appendix A: From Flora Tristan’s Tour de France, September 1844

Appendix B: Letter from Engels to Marx, November–December 1846

Appendix C: Engels, Draft of a Communist Confession of Faith, 9 June 1847

Appendix D: Marx, “The Communism of the Rheinischer Beobachter,” September 1847

Appendix E: Communist Journal, No. 1, September 1847

Appendix F: Engels, “Principles of Communism,” late October 1847

Appendix G: Letter from Engels to Marx, 23–24 November 1847

Appendix H: Engels, “On the History of the Communist League,” 1885

Appendix I: Engels, “The Labour Movement in America.” Preface to the American Edition of The Condition of the Working Class in England, 26 January 1887

Appendix J: Engels, “Notes On My Journey Through America and Canada,” late September 1888

Appendix K: Engels, “Impressions of a Journey Round America,” late September 1888

Appendix L: Manifestoes

  1. The Brunswick Manifesto (1972)
  2. a. Report on the Manifestoes of the Allied Kings Against the Republic (1793)
    b. Reply of the National Convention to the Manifestoes of the Kings leagued against the Republic (1793)
  3. Manifesto of the Equals (1796)
  4. Manifesto of the Delegates to their Countrymen (1797)
  5. Proclamation by Robert Emmet (1803)
  6. Manifesto of the Productive Classes of Great Britain and Ireland (1833)
  7. Manifesto Addressed to the People of Canada by the Constitutional Committee on Reform and Progress (1847)
  8. “Manifesto to Europe” (1848)

Further Reading


L.M. Findlay is Director, Humanities Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan.