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 The 50 volumes contain all the written works of Marx and Engels including formerly unpublished manuscripts and letters.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; (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 5 contains The German Ideology a major joint work of Marx and Engels, together with the writings immediately connected with it, particularly the Economic Manuscripts of 1857-58, better known under the editorial heading Grundisse der Kritik der Politischen Okonomie . The German Ideology marked a decisive stage in the working out of the philosophical and sociological theory of scientific communism. It was in this work that the materialist conception of history, or historical materialism, was first formulated as an integral theory. The volume begins with Marx’s famous Thesis on Feuerbach which Engels said contained ‘the brilliant germ of a new world outlook’.