The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
- Paperback 141 pages.
- Progress publishers 1984.
- First published 1934.
- ISBN: 853155941
This work represents Marx's analysis of Napoleon III's coup d'etat of December 1851, which provides him with an opportunity for a meticulous examination of the ebb and flow of political forces and social classes in the period preceding Napoleon's seizure of power. Marx digs beneath the surfaces of political rhetoric and the maneuvering for power by political personalities, and reveals the social forces and mechanisms at work during the political crisis. Its value, then, is as a class analysis of a political crisis.