Re: [OPE] Who wrote the note 50 of chap.3 of Capital vol.1, Engels or Marx

From: Michael Heinrich <>
Date: Mon Jun 29 2009 - 05:41:29 EDT

Dear Makoto,

both informations are correct, but the information given in Penguin
edition is incomplete. This note didn't exist in the second German
edition of "Capital", which was edited by Marx himself. The note was
included in the third German edition by Engels. But it was not Engels
who wrote the note. Engels found it in Marx's own copy of the second
German edition, as an handwritten addition by Marx (when Marx did this
and other additions is not clear). Engels reformulated the note very
slightly, put it in the text of the third German edition and added in
brackets that it is a note of Marx for the third editon. The original
note in the formulation of Marx can be found in the aparatus volume of
MEGA II/8 p.861.

Best wishes
Michael schrieb:
> Dear friends (especially Michael Heinrich and onther specialists of MEGA);
> The note 50 of chap.3 of Capital vol.1, states that there is 'the special sort
> of crisis, ・瘢雹・瘢雹・瘢雹, which may appear independently of the rest, and only affec
> ts industry and commerce by its backwash. The pivot of these crises is to be f
> ound in money capital, and their immediate sphere of impact is therefore banki
> ng, the stock exchange and finance.'
> I am interested in this, since we difined it as the second type of monetary cr
> isis in the section 6.1.2 and its note 1 in our book, Political Economy of Mon
> ey and Finace (1999, Macmillan). It seems relevant at least to some extent as
> a characterization of the Subprime financial global crisis.
> May I ask any of your help to indintify (desirably with some evidence) who wro
> te this impressive note in the third edition of Capital vol.1, Engels or Marx?
> The current popular English Penguin version (transl. by B. Fowkes) somehow sa
> ys it by Engels, whreas the German ordinary version in Marx and Engels Werke 2
> 3 does not, and means it is by Marx. Why is there such difference between Engl
> ish and German version?
> Thanks in advance,
> Makoto Itoh
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