Marxism Reading List

Pdfs/epubs of most of these books can be found on b-ok.

For recommendations on feminism, including Marxist Feminism, see my feminism reading list.

Primary Sources

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Secondary Sources

  • Anderson, Kevin – Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies
  • Fromm, Erich – Marx’s Concept of Man (short)
  • Hunt, Richard – The Political Ideas of Marx and Engels Volumes 1 and 2.
  • Heinrich, Michael – “Je ne suis pas marxiste” (very short)
  • Heinrich, Michael – An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital
  • Lebowitz, Michael – Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class
  • Meszaros, Istvan – Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume II: The Dialectic of Structure and History (very hard but worth it)
  • Ollman, Bertell – Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society
  • Raekstad, Paul – The Democratic Theory of the Early Marx 
  • Raekstad, Paul – Human Development and Alienation in the Thought of Karl Marx
  • Tabak, Mehmet – Dialectics of Human Nature in Marx’s Philosophy

Marxist Theory

  • Ollman, Bertell – Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method
  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
  • Wood, Ellen Meiksins – Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism


Feminism Reading List

Feminist Theory

For newcomers to feminism:

  • Finlayson, Lorna – An Introduction to Feminism
  • Hooks, Bell – Feminism is For Everybody
  • Hooks, Bell – Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism

For people who know their feminist basics:

  • Young, Iris – On Female Body Experience: “Throwing Like A Girl” and Other Essays
  • Walby,  Slyvia – Theorizing Patriarchy

Feminism & Men

Historic Anarcha-Feminism

Modern Anarcha-Feminism


  • Vogel, Lise – Marxism and The Oppression of Women
  • Brown, Heather – Marx on Gender and The Family (for summary see)
  • Federici, Silvia – Caliban and The Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation
  • Federici, Silvia – Revolution At Point Zero

Anarchism Reading List

Anarchism is a form of revolutionary anti-state socialism which first emerged in 19th century Europe and rapidly spread to North America, South America, Asia and parts of Africa through trans-national networks and migration flows.

A large number of anarchists texts can be found at Libcom, the Anarchist Library, the Dwardmac Anarchy Archives, Robert Graham’s website and the Libertarian Labyrinth. A text is ‘classic’ if it is from the 19th or the early 20th century, and it is ‘modern’ if it is from  the late 20th century or the 21st century.

For recommendations on feminism, including anarcha-feminism, see my feminism reading list.

A great (and very long) all round resource on anarchism is The Anarchist FAQ.

Classic Introductions

Modern Introductions

Classic Anarchist Texts

Modern Anarchist Texts

Anthologies of Anarchist Texts

Broad Overviews of Anarchist History

History of Anarchist Movements in Europe

  • Bantman, Constance – The French Anarchist in London, 1880-1914: Exile and Transnationalism in the First Globalisation
  • Berry, David – A History of the French Anarchist Movement 1917-1945
  • Cahm, Caroline – Kropotkin and the Rise of Revolutionary Anarchism 1872-1886
  • Christie, Stuart – We, the Anarchists: A Study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI), 1927-1937
  • Di Paola, Pietro – The Knights Errant of Anarchy: London and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora 1880-1917
  • Ealham, Chris – Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Barcelona 1898-1937
  • Garner, Jason – Goals and Means: Anarchism, Syndicalism, and Internationalism in the Origins of the Federacion Anarquista Iberica
  • Graham, Robert – We Do Not Fear Anarchy, We Invoke It: The First International and The Origins of the Anarchist Movement
  • Pernicone, Nunzio – Italian Anarchism 1864-1892
  • Quail, John – The Slow Burning Fuse: The Lost History of British Anarchists

History of Anarchist Movements in North and South America

History of Anarchist Movements in Asia

History of the Spanish Revolution

History of the Russian Revolution

The Modern Anarchist Movement

  • Bray, Mark – Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street
  • Dupuis-Deri, Francis – Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? Anarchy in Action Around the World
  • Graeber, David – Direct Action: An Ethnography
  • Graeber, David – The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement