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Includes the complete text of The Communist Manifesto and the prefaces to the 1872 and 1883 German editions, the 1882 Russian edition, and the 1888 English edition. Written in Friedrich Engels' clear, stirring prose, The Communist Manifesto declared the earth-shaking ideas of Karl Marx. Upon its publication in 1848, it quickly became the credo of the poor and oppressed, who longed for a society "in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all."