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p. 123. Communistlocked

  • Terrell Carver

Abstract

‘Communist’ looks at Engels' study of the working class in England and his development of communism. After being exposed to communist and socialist ideas in Berlin and Cologne, Engels decided to develop them. To that end, he went to England to examine and draw attention to the condition of the industrial proletariat there. Engels used lurid examples to paint a picture of misery and deprivation, and depict a struggle between rich and poor. He considered previous working-class resistance to have been insufficient and predicted a ‘violent revolution, which cannot fail to take place’. Although revolution did not take place, Engels' work did challenge reformers to reconsider the plight of workers. ’

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