Class Conflict And Class Conflicts

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“Class warfare, also referred to as class conflict or class struggle, is a form of social tension caused by conflicting and competing socioeconomic interests between people of different classes” (Zinn, 19). According to Karl Marx and several scholars, this struggle provides the lever for radical social change and development. Class conflict comes in many forms: direct and indirect violence such as wars, starvation, illness and poor working conditions; ideological, such as the production of articles and books. Moreover, this conflict can take on a political form, which includes swaying government leaders with enticing offers to fulfill personal or ideological interests. Pre-capitalism: >Ancient times: Our history begins with ancient…show more content…
In ancient Greece, the majority (up to 80%) were slaves. Cities were mainly engaged in governmental operations and the bulk of the economy was agricultural. The slave owners were largely plantation owners, government officials, philosophers/scholars, all of whom were members of the leisure class that tended to live in luxury with little in the way of work obligations. As such, slavery was seen as natural. This view was held mostly by slaves’ owners but was also accepted by some slaves. They were ultimately controlled by the institutions and ideals mentioned earlier. The leisure class were also the subject of these ideals. Because they found physical work to be beneath their natural station, work was viewed as the lot of the lower classes. In fact, other societies followed in a similar vein. Notably Rome, who had much stronger institutions, especially those related to law and religion. > Feudalism Much was happening in the world during this period, but it was very different from what was taking place in feudal Europe. With the fall of the Roman Empire, a social system emerged that was not founded on slavery. It was hierarchical in form, with free peasants (not slaves) at the bottom and monarchs and the pope at the top. In between is a list of classes such as lords, earls, dukes, bishops, and so on. The system was based on a set of relationships between the members. These relationships
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