MEGA [Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe] on MEGA

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Back in the 1920s, the Russian revolutionary and Marxist scholar David Riazanov began to compile a new, more complete edition of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. He was, unfortunately, purged during the 1930s for supposed involvement in an anti-Soviet conspiracy. Riazanov was thus unable to see this project through to the end. Nevertheless, he set the wheels in motion for future Marxologists and exegetes like Maximilien Rubel, Roman Rosdolski, and Michael Heinrich. Work on the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe [MEGA] continues today.

Anyway, I recently happened across a trove of full-text PDFs of the MEGA stored on the New Zealand cloud service known as MEGA, appropriately enough. You can download the files as a .zip file by clicking here. Quietly amused that this arrived to me indirectly via a certain oversharing Francophile lefty editor type. Makes me wonder what all his posturing over “pirate scab PDFs” was really about.

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Speaking of which, Budgen — Lars Ulrich of the online left — is apparently upset with me yet again. Class act that he is, Sebastian associated me with the disgusting rape advocate Roosh V. (an antisemitic conspiracy theorist and extreme misogynist) and the disgusting pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shrkeli (who jacked up the price of vital medicines once he’d secured exclusive rights over the drugs). If anyone resembles a douchebag who sells stuff he didn’t develop himself for obscenely inflated prices while monopolizing said product… you would think it was Budgen. Especially considering the company he keeps: people who make fun of others with physical deformities or who have a darker complexion on account of their ethnic background. Roosh V. and Simon Weston are reactionaries, to be sure, but that should hardly be seen as giving one license to make racist or ableist comments about them.

Getting back to what’s important here, though, the MEGA. Or you can download them all here, a bit out of order:

  1. MEGA² II.3.5: Karl Marx, Zur Kritik der politischen Ökonomie (Manuskript 1861-1863). Teil 5
  2. MEGA² II.1.1: Karl Marx, Ökonomische Manuskripte 1857-58, Teil 1
  3. MEGA² I.20: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. September 1864 bis September 1867
  4. MEGA² II.3.4: Karl Marx, Zur Kritik der politischen Ökonomie (Manuskript 1861-1863). Teil 4
  5. MEGA² II.3.2: Karl Marx, Zur Kritik der politischen Ökonomie (Manuskript 1861-1863). Teil 2
  6. MEGA² I.22: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. März bis November 1871
  7. MEGA² IV.32: Die Bibliotheken von Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels. Annotiertes Verzeichnis des ermittelten Bestandes
  8. MEGA² II.10: Karl Marx, Das Kapital. Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie. Erster Band, Hamburg 1890
  9. MEGA² IV.7: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Exzerpte und Notizen. September 1849 bis Februar 1851
  10. MEGA² IV.2: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Exzerpte und Notizen. 1843 bis Januar 1845
  11. MEGA² IV.12: Karl Marx, Exzerpte und Notizen. September 1853 bis Januar 1855
  12. MEGA² III.10: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. September 1859 bis Mai 1860
  13. MEGA² III.3: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Januar 1849 bis Dezember 1850
  14. MEGA² IV.9: Karl Marx, Exzerpte und Notizen. Juli bis September 1851
  15. MEGA² IV.1: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Exzerpte und Notizen. Bis 1842
  16. MEGA² III.8: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. April 1856 bis Dezember 1857
  17. MEGA² III.6: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. September 1852 bis August 1853
  18. MEGA² III.5: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Januar bis August 1852
  19. MEGA² II.15: Karl Marx, Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Ökonomie. Dritter Band. Hrsg. v. Friedrich Engels. Hamburg, 1894
  20. MEGA² I.18: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. Oktober 1859 bis Dezember 1860
  21. MEGA² I.13: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. Januar bis Dezember 1854
  22. MEGA¹ I.5: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Die Deutsche Ideologie (1845-1846)
  23. MEGA² II.7: Karl Marx, Le Capital, Paris 1872-1875
  24. MEGA² IV.8: Karl Marx, Exzerpte und Notizen. Exzerpte und Notizen. März bis Juni 1851
  25. MEGA² IV.6: Karl Marx, Exzerpte und Notizen. September 1846 bis Dezember 1847
  26. MEGA² III.9: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Januar 1858 bis August 1859
  27. MEGA² III.2: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Mai 1846 bis Dezember 1848
  28. MEGA² I.25: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. Mai 1875 bis Mai 1883
  29. MEGA² IV.26: Karl Marx, Exzerpte und Notizen zur Geologie, Mineralogie und Agrikulturchemie. März bis September 1878
  30. MEGA² IV.5: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Exzerpte und Notizen. Juli 1845 bis Dezember 1850
  31. MEGA² IV.4: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Exzerpte und Notizen. Juli bis August 1845
  32. MEGA² III.12: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Januar 1862 bis September 1864
  33. MEGA² III.11: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Juni 1860 bis Dezember 1861
  34. MEGA² III.4: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Januar bis Dezember 1851
  35. MEGA² II.14 (Band 73): Karl Marx, Manuskripte und redaktionelle Texte zum dritten Buch des ‘Kapitals’, 1871 bis 1895
  36. MEGA² I.11: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. Juli 1851 bis Dezember 1852
  37. MEGA² III.13: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. Oktober 1864 bis Dezember 1865
  38. MEGA² II.9: Karl Marx, Capital. A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production, London 1887
  39. MEGA² I.10: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. Juli 1849 bis Juni 1851
  40. MEGA¹ III.4: Der Briefwechsel zwischen Marx und Engels, 1868-1883
  41. MEGA² II.8: Karl Marx, Das Kapital. Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie. Erster Band, Hamburg 1883
  42. MEGA² I.12: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. Januar bis Dezember 1853
  43. MEGA² III.1: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Bis April 1846
  44. MEGA² II.13: Karl Marx. Das Kapital. Kritik der politischen Ökonomie. Zweiter Band. Hrsg. v. Friedrich Engels. Hamburg, 1885
  45. MEGA² II.6: Karl Marx, Das Kapital. Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie. Erster Band, Hamburg 1872
  46. MEGA² III.7: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Briefwechsel. September 1853 bis März 1856
  47. MEGA² I.1: Karl Marx, Artikel · Literarische Versuche bis März 1843
  48. MEGA² II.12: Karl Marx. Das Kapital. Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie. Zweites Buch. Redaktionsmanuskript von Friedrich Engels 1884-1885
  49. MEGA² I.21: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Artikel · Entwürfe. September 1867 bis März 1871
  50. MEGA² I.2: Karl Marx, Artikel · Entwürfe. März 1843 bis August 1844
  51. MEGA² IV.3: Karl Marx, Exzerpte und Notizen. Sommer 1844 bis Anfang 1847
  52. MEGA¹ III.3: Der Briefwechsel zwischen Marx und Engels, 1861-1867
  53. Karl Marx, Mathematische Manuskripte (Kronberg Ts., 1974)
  54. Karl Marx, Die technologisch-historischen Exzerpte
  55. Karl Marx, Die ethnologischen Exzerpthefte
  56. Karl Marx über Formen vorkapitalistischer Produktion (1879: 80)
  57. Marx-Engels-Jahrbuch 2003: Die Deutsche Ideologie. Artikel, Druckvorlagen, Entwürfe, Reinschriftenfragmente und Notizen zu I. Feuerbach und II Sankt Bruno
  58. Karl Marx, Notes on Indian History (664-1858) (Moscow)
  59. Karl Marx, Über Friedrich Lists Buch ‘Das nationale System der politischen Ökonomie’ (Beiträge zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 14. Jahrgang 1972: Ein neues Manuskript von Karl Marx)
  60. Karl Marx, Über Friedrich Lists Buch ‘Das nationale System der politischen Ökonomie’ (Beiträge zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung 14. Jahrgang 1972: Ein neues Manuskript von Karl Marx)

9 thoughts on “MEGA [Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe] on MEGA

  1. dvd51@tds.net

    On Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 1:24 PM, The Charnel-House wrote:

    > Ross Wolfe posted: “Back in the 1920s, the Russian revolutionary and > Marxist scholar David Riazanov began to compile a new, more complete > edition of the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. He was, > unfortunately, purged during the 1930s for supposed involvement in an ant” >

  2. Thanks again for this, Ross.

    That Seymour is despicable: how can a professed socialist, even a Marxist, say this about someone who had many, many facial operations over many years to reconstruct his face?

    What merits Seymour being recognised as a nasty piece of work deserves to be on show, not hidden away in a link:

    The misanthrope’s parents much be so proud of their well-educated ignoramus.

  3. 1) 60 files are usefully individually listed above but the folder has another 10.

    MEGA’:

    2) 3 of the 11 books (making up the 10 volumes) are in the folder. 5 others are available at:
    http://www.ub.uni-koeln.de/cdm/search/searchterm/5603911/field/identi/mode/all/conn/and/order/date

    4 other books also came out of this project: in an exercise in innovative Stalinist marketing, there were 2 two-for-one offers, a bilingual edition (German & Russian) of the arguments that became labelled by others as ‘The German Ideology’ (solely in German as Abteilung I, Band 5), & a Freddy blockbuster of a special kind, ‘Anti-Dühring’ & ‘Dialectics of Nature’; & some notebooks published, in two books, as ‘Grundrisse’ (although Marx himself entitled that research, using italics, as “Kritik der Ökonom. Categorien” – letter to Lassalle, 22 Feb 1858; p.87 of the MEGA² PDF, link #26 above).

    MEGA²:

    3) Although most of the folder is in German, the language of composition, there are also these (the last one isn’t MEGA²):
    Roy’s French-language translation of ‘Das Kapital’, v.1 (1872-5: published in instalments, like a Balzac novel) – #23 above;
    Moore & Aveling’s English-language translation of ‘Das Kapital’, v.1 (1887) – #38;
    English-language edn. of Marx’s notes on Indian history (a chronology; Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow) – #58.

    4) The folder has 60 of the 70 books so far published (122 is the plan, constituting 114 volumes – the excess 8 books are all ‘economic’ texts, but 2nd edns. have reduced this to 4). The 10 missing from the folder are:
    I (‘non-economic’ books & articles): 3, 24, 26, 27, 29-32;
    II (‘economic’ books & manuscripts): none – & the whole section has been published;
    III (correspondence: 4k from E&M, 10k to them – the novelty): 30 (Oct 1889-Nov 1890; will include transcript of a seance hosted by Tussy, when Chuck answered questions from Highgate . . . well, the idea wouldn’t have surprised Vanessa Redgrave et al.);
    IV (miscellany, incl. many unpublished notebooks): 31.

    5) The 52 not published yet: 12 in section I; 21 in III; 19 in IV.

    6) The title of each of the 122 books, some contents & introductions, have conveniently been put online by the project managers:
    mega.bbaw.de/struktur/abteilung_i (etc.).

  4. 1) Usefully, 60 files are individually listed above but the folder has another 10.

    MEGA’:

    2) 3 of the 11 books (making up the 10 volumes) are in the folder. 5 others are available at:
    http://www.ub.uni-koeln.de/cdm/search/searchterm/5603911/field/identi/mode/all/conn/and/order/date

    4 other books also came out of this project: in an exercise in innovative Stalinist marketing, there were 2 two-for-one offers, a bilingual edition (German & Russian) of the arguments that became labelled by others as ‘The German Ideology’ (solely in German as Abteilung I, Band 5), & a Freddy blockbuster of a special kind, ‘Anti-Dühring’ & ‘Dialectics of Nature’; & some notebooks published, in two books, as ‘Grundrisse’ (although Marx himself entitled that research, using italics, as “Kritik der Ökonom. Categorien” – letter to Lassalle, 22 Feb 1858; p.87 of the MEGA² PDF, link #26 above).

    MEGA²:

    3) Although most of the folder is in German, the language of composition, there are also these (the last one isn’t MEGA²):
    Roy’s French-language translation of ‘Das Kapital’, v.1 (1872-5: published in instalments, like a Balzac novel) – #23 above;
    Moore & Aveling’s English-language translation of ‘Das Kapital’, v.1 (1887) – #38;
    English-language edn. of Marx’s notes on Indian history (a chronology; Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow) – #58.

    4) The folder has 60 of the 70 books so far published (122 is the plan, constituting 114 volumes – the excess 8 books are all ‘economic’ texts, but 2nd edns. have reduced this to 4). The 10 missing from the folder are:
    I (‘non-economic’ books & articles): 3, 24, 26, 27, 29-32;
    II (‘economic’ books & manuscripts): none – & the whole section has been published;
    III (correspondence: 4k from E&M, 10k to them – the novelty): 30 (Oct 1889-Nov 1890; will include transcript of a seance hosted by Tussy, when Chucky answered questions from Highgate . . . well, the idea wouldn’t have surprised Vanessa Redgrave et al.);
    IV (miscellany, incl. many unpublished notebooks): 31.

    5) The 52 not published yet: 12 in section I; 21 in III; 19 in IV.

    6) The title of each of the 122 books, some contents & introductions, have conveniently been put online by the project managers:
    http://mega.bbaw.de/struktur/abteilung_i (etc.).

  5. Hi Ross. I had never heard of this Budgen character before today, but “Lars Ulrich of the online left” says it all _and_ keeps cracking me up. I now follow you on Facebook. I’m also curious about a drawing of Benjamin on your flickr–do you know the origin of that work? Is it ink on canvas? I would love to know more about it, particularly if it’s mass produced. Thanks for all the great thoughts and images–the volume is staggering.

  6. Thanks for this access to MEGA2
    There is a mention that Marx in 1851 had read a manuscript by , Roland Daniels titled “Mikrokosmos: Entwurf einer physiologischen Anthropologie” (written in 1850). I wonder if the manuscript is published in any of the MEGA studies so that it can be accessed for free? in fact it was published in 1987 in the German original. can anybody post a link to free download ebook copy of it if available, please.. thanks.

    • Unfortunately don’t know of an available digital copy but the Deutsche National Bibliothek has the contents: http://d-nb.info/871343711/04
      The book includes four essays on this fellow-member of the Communist League.
      Being in jail for a year and a half before the Cologne trial destroyed his health, &, although he wasn’t convicted, within three years he was dead, aged 36.

      • Thank you Jara. The content you have provided was also useful to me.
        In fact I knew about Daniels manuscript from http://mep-publications.net NST: NATURE, SOCIETY, AND THOUGHT (VOLUME 9, NUMBER 3 JULY 1996, p. 272). In the article titled “Karl Marx’s Study of Science and Technology” by Pradip Baksi, it was mentioned that:

        “In April and May 1851 Marx studied and discussed a manuscript on physiological anthropology by his friend and comrade Roland Daniels… He also discussed it with Engels. This manuscript (Daniels 1987) and the relevant letters of Daniels to Marx have come down to us, but the corresponding letters of Marx to Daniels are still untraced.”

        In MEGA2 III/4, I found Some of the previously “untraced” letters between Marx and Daniels, new ones that were not existed in the English edition “MECW” (1975 – 2006).
        MEGA2 III/4:
        https://rosswolfe.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/megac2b2-iii-4-karl-marx-friedrich-engels-briefwechsel-januar-bis-dezember-1851-text.pdf
        I will keep searching for the anthropological manuscript of Daniels. John Bellamy Foster has noticed that Marx was affected by Daniels’ usage of the natural concept of “metabolism” and its application in social dynamics. I’m especially wondering if there is any impact on Marx inspired from Daniels’ anthropology that Marx integrated in his historical materialism and in his critical comments on Darwinism and evolutionism. My whole interest in the subject began from reading the famous sentence in Marx Introduction (1847) to Critique of political economy (in the Grundrisse) that: “human anatomy contains a key to the anatomy of the ape. The intimations of higher development among the subordinate animal species, however, can be understood only after the higher development is already known.”

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