Over the past few years, Marx’s Capital has received renewed academic and popular attention. This volume is dedicated to the history of the making, the theoretical evaluation, and the analysis of the dissemination and reception of an almost unknown version of Capital: the French translation, published between 1872 and 1875, to which Marx participated directly.

In revising this version, Marx decided to introduce some additions and modifications, not hesitating to describe in the postscript Le Capital as ‘a scientific value independent of the original’. To mark the 150th anniversary of the French translation of Capital (1872-2022), 15 authors have helped to shed light on its history and main features, as well as analysing its later fortunes in France and in the rest of the world. They also provide a more exhaustive account of the ideas of the "late" Marx. The book also includes a previously unpublished selection of 31 letters from correspondence of Karl Marx, Maurice Lachâtre, Just Vernouillet and Friedrich Engels related to the making of Le Capital. 10 of these letters by Marx were only recently rediscovered and are translated here for the first time in English.

This book is an indispensable source for academic communities who are increasingly interested in rediscovering Marx beyond 20th century Marxism. Moreover, it will be of appeal to graduate students, as well as established scholars, interested in French socialism and the history of the labour movement.

chapter 1|8 pages


The Making and the Dissemination of Le Capital
ByMarcello Musto

part Part I|84 pages

The Value of Le Capital

chapter 2|30 pages

Marx's Capital after the Paris Commune

The Falling Rate of Employment and the Fate of the Working Class
ByDavid Norman Smith

chapter 3|19 pages

Marx's French Edition of Capital as Unexplored Territory

From the Centralization of Capital to Societies beyond Western Europe
ByKevin B. Anderson

chapter 4|11 pages

The French Edition of Capital and the Question of Colonialism

ByJean-Numa Ducange

chapter 5|22 pages

Engels and Le Capital

The Politics of the Fourth Edition of Das Kapital (1890)
ByTerrell Carver

part Part II|80 pages

The Making of Le Capital

chapter 6|22 pages

Le Capital

A Transnational, Family and Personal Endeavour
ByKenneth Hemmerechts, Nohemi Jocabeth Echeverria Vicente

chapter 7|15 pages

From Moscow to Paris

The Russian Roots of the First French Translation of Marx's Capital
ByGuillaume Fondu

chapter 8|12 pages

Reading Le Capital

Marx as a Translator
ByPaul Reitter

chapter 9|29 pages

An Unfinished Project

Marx's Last Words on Capital
ByMichael R. Krätke

part Part III|52 pages

The Dissemination and the Reception of Le Capital

chapter 10|14 pages

The Contradictory Reception of the French Edition of Capital

ByJean-Numa Ducange, Jean Quétier

chapter 11|15 pages

A Tale of Two Translations

A Comparison of the Roy-Marx and Lefebvre Translations of Capital, Volume I
ByAlix Bouffard, Alexandre Feron

part Part IV|42 pages

Letters on Le Capital

chapter 13|40 pages

‘Selected Correspondence on the French Translation of Capital’

ByKarl Marx, Maurice Lachâtre, Just Vernouillet, Friedrich Engels, Patrick Camiller