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Eugene Kamenka contrasts two of the latest publications on Marx and Engels

Marx, Engels and National Movements, by lan Cummins. 205 pp. (Croom Helm, London, 1980)

Karl Marx and Religion in Europe and India, by Trevor Ling. 168 pp. (Macmillan, London, 1980)

The study of Marx and Marxism has become an industry, drawing on the conventional Ph.D. thesis, geared to countless institutionalised and routinised courses on Marx in half-a-dozen disciplines. The sense of rebellious discovery, of authors swimming against the stream or measuring themselves against Marx, has gone. Instead we have competence, seriousness and caution, with a strong tendency towards pedestrianism replacing the muddle-headedness of the 1960s.

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