KARL MARX was born in 1818, in the Rhenish city of Trier. He published his magnum opus Capital in 1867. He died in London in 1883. FRIEDRICH ENGELS was born in 1820, in the German city of Barmen. He died in London in 1895 while editing the fourth volume of Capital. ERIC HOBSBAWM is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism is his latest book.
"As a force for change, its influence has been surpassed only by the Bible. As a piece of writing, it is a masterpiece."--Guardian
"[T]he best possible explanation of what the world was about that I had ever read. It pointed out that the real conflicts in the world were not between black and white, men and women, Muslims, Christians and Jews, Americans, Russians and Chinese; it was about the conflict of economic interest between 95 per cent of the population of the world, who create the world's wealth, and the 5 per cent who own it. I think of Marx as a prophet: the last of the Old Testament prophets. And we should think of him as a teacher ... Karl Marx discovered it all long before I did, and I am very grateful to him."--Tony Benn, The New Statesman