Analysis of Karl Marx's Quotation, 'Men Make History but Under Conditions Inherited From the Past'

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Pondering Historical Quotations "Men make history but under conditions inherited from the past." ~Karl Marx Karl Marx is famously known for man revolutionary theories regarding society, capitalism, and communism. He wrote and published the Communist Manifesto in 1848. He is a theorist and activist whose theories and ideas are very firmly directly rooted in history and in honoring the past. Marx was also a man who firmly believed that those who did not acknowledge and learn from history would be doomed to repeat its mistakes. This is a very short quote, yet it is succinct. The meaning of the quote is much longer than the quotation itself. Marx believes in the power of people to change and/or make history. As part of his theories on capitalism and communism, Marx absolutely advocated and expounded upon the many powers of the people oppressed by the bourgeoisie. Marx often adamantly argued that the only people to free the people from the oppression of capitalism were the proletariat (working class) themselves. Marx theorized that due to the oppressive nature of capitalism, revolution against the oppressors is nearly mandatory nearly guaranteed as if a side effect of capitalism was eventual revolution against it. Therefore the first section of this quote by Marx acknowledges and supports the power of the people to alter their history. While Marx states that men make history, the second part of the quote sets a limit to how much change can be made during a certain

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