question from a novice

Justin Schwartz jschwart at
Tue Jan 24 05:37:57 MST 1995

In my view the best and clearest short introduction to Marx and Engels'
thought in Richard Schmitt's _Introduction to Marx and Engels_ (Westview,
1988). It's less than two hundred pages and a masterpiece of light-handed,
non-sectarian, lucid exposition. It has guides to further reading.

--Justin Schwartz

On Mon, 23 Jan 1995 HIST14 at wrote:

> Hi,
> Over the pass three years, I have developed an interest in Marxism (on both
> a political and on an analytical level).  But my studies thus far have not
> allowed me to persue this interest in any systematic way.  As time goes by,
> however, I find that this interest is becoming progressively more consuming.
> And so I think there might be a more systematic study of Marxism in my near
> future.
> My question for the members of this list is: where do I start?  Do I start
> with Marx himself (which seems logical), and if so, where in that huge pile
> of writings would be best to begin?  Or should I start with more recent
> writers?  And where would I look to find out about all these different
> Marxist traditions or to learn the distinction between a neo-Marxist and
> a post-Marxist.  This is just overwhelming.  I hope someone can help me out.
> Thanks,
> Austin Allen
> Grad Student
> University of Houston
> Hist14 at


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