Jonathan Sperber and Jonathan Freedland reconsider Marx

Jonathan Sperber

22/02/2015 11:00 am
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Jonathan Sperber’s Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life: Karl Marx has been hailed as “a brilliant embedding of Marx in his times.” Marx is portrayed as a man looking over his shoulder at the philosophes of the French Revolution, while stoking the radical political flames of mid-19th century Europe. For Jonathan Freedland, who is conducting the interview, Sperber has succeeded in “recreating a man who leaps off the page.”

Jonathan Sperber

Jonathan Sperber is Curator’s Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He writes in the areas of social, political and religious 19th and 20th century history. Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

Jonathan Freedland


Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View as well as the co-host (with the Israeli journalist Yonit Levi) of Unholy, a weekly podcast. He has written twelve books, the latest of which is The Escape Artist: the Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World.

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