Comparison Of Engels And Marx ' Work Of The Communist Manifesto

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The term and very idea of the working class and how it is perceived has been present and interpreted throughout history. This is proven from the three different written works that range in space and time, that includes: Engels and Marx’ work of The Communist Manifesto, Thompson’s work entitled The making of the Working Class, and finally Ballantyne and Burton’s Book, World Histories From Below (F. Engels., K. Marx, Feb. 1847., E. P. Thompson, Aug. 1963., & T. Ballantyne., A. Burton, 2016). All three authors focus on the idea of the working class and how it risen in history, through the emergence of the proletariat vs. the bourgeois, the meaning of class itself, and the concept of history from below. All three works are separated between…show more content…
Marx also proposes the important point that “capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed -- a class of laborers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labor increases capital. These laborers, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market” (F. Engels., K. Marx, Feb. 1847). The next text and concept that helps us to define the working class, is the idea of class itself, in The Making of the English Working Class, by Thompson. Thompson expresses that he sees class as a historical phenomenon and a historical relationship (E. P. Thompson, Aug. 1963). He expresses that class is shown to engaged with with people in a real content and that both do exists but not separately, as they can only exist when engaged in a relationship together (E. P. Thompson, Aug. 1963). You can not have one without the other, and that is how the cycle of class in society lives and thrives but “the class experience is largely determined by the productive relations into which men are born-or enter involuntarily” (E. P.
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