Capitalism And The Communist Manifesto

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can only be effected through a union, which by the character of the proletariat itself can again only be a universal one, and through a revolution, in which, on the one hand, the power of the earlier mode of production and intercourse and social organization is overthrown, and, on the other hand, there develops the universal character and the energy of the proletariat, without which the revolution cannot be accomplished; and in which, further, the proletariat rids itself of everything that still clings to it from its previous position in society. Areas I want to learn more about: “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas.” Specifically, more examples about how this operates in society and by what mechanisms (is it media? family? any others?). Pre-capitalist societies and how they transitioned to capitalism. Marx and Engels make a few broad generalizations in The German Ideology and The Communist Manifesto, but I want to see in more detail about how the transition to capitalism took place, and how it was different in different regions. Applications of materialist history. Marx spends a lot of time describing he materialist conception of history but I would like to learn more about how other historians have used it. The relevance of Marxism today and how have things changed. I think it still very much applies to today. For example, even though the world has seen increased standards of living, the underlying relation has not changed, i.e. the
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