Engels, Manchester, and the Working Class by Steven Marcus

By Steven Marcus

Friedrich Engels' first significant paintings, The of the operating classification in England in 1844, has lengthy been thought of a social, political, and monetary vintage. the 1st ebook of its sort to check the phenomenon of urbanism and the issues of the trendy urban, Engels' textual content comprises a number of the rules he used to be later to enhance in collaboration with Karl Marx. during this booklet, Steven Marcus, writer of the hugely acclaimed The different Victorians, applies himself to the learn of Engels' ebook and the stipulations that mixed to supply it.

Marcus reports the town of Manchester, centre of the 1st commercial Revolution, among 1835 and 1850 whilst town and its population have been experiencing the 1st nice challenge of the newly rising commercial capitalism. He additionally examines Engels himself, son of a filthy rich German fabric producer, who used to be despatched to Manchester to accomplish his enterprise schooling within the English cotton mills.

Touching upon a number of disciplines, together with the background of socialism, city sociology, Marxist proposal, and the historical past and idea of the commercial Revolution, Engels, Manchester, and the operating Class bargains a desirable learn of nineteenth-century English literature and cultural life.

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