First published on this day in Germany in 1867, Karl Marx’s ‘Das Kapital Vol 1’. Subsequently published in all the world’s major languages and studied widely by workers it was often referred to as “The Bible of the working class”. While lengthy, it is unsurpassed as an analysis and critique of capitalism.

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One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, “Capital” is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates. Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis and generate fresh insights. Arguing that capitalism would create an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, he predicted its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production.

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