Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid-nineteenth-century England

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Lexington Books, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 179 pages
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Helen Macfarlane, a young British woman, was living in Vienna when she was radicalized by the 1848 Revolution. On returning to England in 1850, she became a journalist for the radical wing of the Chartist movement. The Chartists received support from such luminaries as Karl Marx and Fredrich Engles; the latter had written on the movement's political significance. It was Marx who described Macfarlane as the most original writer in the Chartist press. Macfarlane was the first English translator of The Communist Manifesto. Her original translation is included in this edition. She is also the first of the British to comment, critically and extensively, on the revolutionary implications of Hegel's philosophy. After having been hidden for a century her stature as a revolutionary, writer, and feminist emerges in David Black's seminal work. With diligent research into her life and work, Black, in Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid 19th Century England, recreates her intellectual and political world at a key turning point in European history.

This work also includes Macfarlane's original translation of The Communist Manifesto.

 

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Contents

Interrogating History
6
The Making of Red Republicanism
11
Hegels England
21
Fraternal Democrats
31
The Mystery of a Nom de Plume
41
Humbug Manufacturers and Rosewater Sentimentalists
46
Christianity and Socialism
52
Helen Macfarlanes Interpretation of Hegel
59
The Translation of The Communist Manifesto
88
Theory and Organization
99
A Rare Bird Marxs Encounter with Macfarlane
113
The End of Chartism
121
The Legacy of Hegelian Marxism
130
The Published Writings of Helen Macfarlane
135
The Communist Manifesto Helen Macfarlanes 1850 Translation
137
Index
173

Antigone in 1848
74
Thomas Carlyle and the Red Republicans
79
About the Author
179
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David Black is an independent scholar and author of Acid: A New Secret History of LSD. Hear the author discuss his work on BBC Radio here.

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