The Marx/Engels Collected Works is the largest collection of translations of the complete works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels covering the period 1835-1895. The 50 volumes contain all the written works of Marx and Engels including formerly unpublished manuscripts and letters The volumes are organised into three groups: (1) philosophical, historical, political, economic and other works, in chronological order; (2) Marx’s Capital with his preliminary versions and works directly connected with it, particularly the Economic Manuscripts of 1857-58, better known under the editorial heading Grundisse der Kritik der Politischen Okonomie ; (3) the letters of Marx and Engels which are extremely rich in theoretical content and provide an indispensable source for the study of the biographies of Marx and Engels. This digital collection gives scholars access to the complete oeuvre in a fully searchable format.
Volume 3 covers the period between the spring of 1843 and August 1844 before their close collaboration began. These writings represent the transition of Marx and Engels from idealism to materialism. The first part of this volume consists of works by Marx, including his manuscript Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Law. The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 published here represent Marx’s first attempt to synthesise new philosophical, economic and historical-political ideas. The second part contains works by Engels: Letters from London, Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy in which, for the first time, economic phenomena were examined from the viewpoint of communist theory, then in its formative state; along with his series of articles entitled The Condition of England and other writings submitted to various papers and periodicals which illustrate his contribution to the development of proletarian journalism.