Karl Marx Essay

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Most people think of communism as a bad thing. Karl Marx would disagree. He formed the basic ideas of communism in his writings. He argued that communism was the eventual government that formed out of many unsuccessful governments. Many modern communists either use his ideas or use parts of his ideas to form their own. Karl Marx is the true father of communism. Marx was born in Trier, Prussia on May 5, 1818 (Beales). His family was Jewish, but his father converted the family to Protestantism when Marx was born. When he was seventeen, he went to the University of Bonn to earn his degree in law (Kreis). He left and attended the University of Berlin where he studied philosophy and earned his doctorate in 1841. His first job was …show more content…

He and Engels joined the communist league in the spring of 1847. They were then asked to write The Communist Manifesto by the league (Engels). It was published in 1848 and became their most famous work. In it Marx stated that history consisted of many class struggles between upper and middle classes. He believed that this would eventually lead to a revolution and then a classless society, or communism (Beales).
When the February Revolution broke out in 1848, he was expelled from Brussels and, after being invited back by the French government, moved back to Paris. He and some leaders of the Communist League traveled to Germany (Engels). In Cologne, he started another radical paper, which was quickly suppressed. He then fled to London, where he would spend the rest of his life (Kreis).
In the 1850's, Marx was highly dependant on Engels for income. During this time, he was occupied with writing the three volumes of Capital. The first volume was not published until 1867 and the other two were not completely finished, although Engels had them published after Marx died. Marx was slow to publish his works because of his devotion to the First International, which was an international socialist group. When the Paris Commune of 1871 occurred, he was inspired to write one of his most famous pro-communism pamphlets, The Civil War in France (Kreis).
During the last years of

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