The Marx Revival

Key Concepts and New Interpretations
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
409 pages

The planet is in deep trouble because of capitalism, and Karl Marx, freed from the chains of “real socialism”, is being rediscovered all around the world as the thinker who provided us with its most insightful critique.

The Marx Revival is the best, most complete and most modern guide to Marx’s ideas that has appeared since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Written by highly reputed international experts, in a clear form accessible to a wider public, it brings together the liveliest and most thought-provoking contemporary interpretations of Marx’s work. It presents what he actually wrote in respect of 22 key concepts, the areas that require updating as a result of changes since the late-nineteenth century, and the reasons why it is still of such relevance in today’s world. The result is a collection that will prove indispensable both for specialists and for a new generation approaching Marx’s work for the first time.

Also available in:


"It is no surprise that in times like these we see a major revival of interest in Marx. But which Marx will be revived? The essays collected here portray a thinker far removed from old-school orthodoxies. Complicating received understandings of labor, class struggle, and revolution, they reveal a restless intellect grappling with migration and ecological destruction; democracy, nationalism and war; faultiness of gender, ethnicity and race. The result is a revelation: a Marx for our times".
– Nancy Fraser
"The Marx Revival is a book brimming with new insights and perspectives on a great, complex intellectual oeuvre, only now beginning to be published in full. This is Marx for the 21st Century".
– Göran Therborn
"The Marx Revival will be the place to start for readers seeking sweeping, comprehensive, and professional summaries of the state of play in Marx scholarship. This highly-recommended collection offers a first-rate analysis of the leading problems, themes, and concepts in the field by leading scholars from many disciplines".
– Gregory Claeys

Table of contents

About the Editor x
List of Contributors xi
Preface xvii
Acknowledgements xx
Note on the Text xxi

1. Capitalism 1
Michael R. Krätke

2. Communism 24
Marcello Musto

3. Democracy 51
Ellen Meiksins Wood

4. Proletariat 70
Marcel van der Linden

5. Class Struggle 92
Alex Callinicos

6. Political Organization 108
Peter Hudis

7. Revolution 126
Michael Löwy

8. Work 141
Ricardo Antunes

9. Capital and Temporality 157
Moishe Postone

10. Ecology 177
John Bellamy Foster

11. Gender Equality 197
Heather A. Brown

12. Nationalism and Ethnicity 212
Kevin B. Anderson

13. Migration 232
Pietro Basso

14. Colonialism 247
Sandro Mezzadra and Ranabir Samaddar

15. State 266
Bob Jessop

16. Globalization 285
Seongjin Jeong

17. War and International Relations 302
Benno Teschke

18. Religion 320
Gilbert Achcar

19. Education 338
Robin Small

20. Art 351
Isabelle Garo

21 Technology and Science 363
Amy E. Wendling

22 Marxisms 376
Immanuel Wallerstein

Index 393