The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

by Karl Marx
Reviewed date: 2005 Dec 16
17 pages
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This short essay examines the history of French political revolutions and explains how all of them were bourgeois revolutions. Bourgeois revolutions, of course, are not true revolutions but merely a shifting of power from one branch or mode of the bourgeoisie to another. According to Marx, a real revolution would strip the bourgeoisie of power and put the proletariat in charge.

It seems incredible now that anyone paid serious attention to Karl Marx's ideas.

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