chapter  5
Reading for the best Marx: history-writing and historical abstraction
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Marx’s work is a point of reference for many of the historians discussed in this volume and for our own contributors too. The book would be incomplete, therefore, without a more direct look at his ‘historical’ practice. How did Marx combine history, theory and politics? If his theory is historical and his history theoretically organized, how is this fusion or relation achieved? And how were Marx’s historical explanations related to his politics - his hopes and struggles for a communist future?