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Marx And Engels : The Communist Manifesto

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The Communist Manifesto had little influence when it was first published, in 1848. Marx and Engels start out the document with the phrase, “[a] specter is haunting Europe – the specter of communism” (Marx and Engels, 14). Marx and Engels are referring to the fear of communism that was spreading in Europe. The fear towards communism, first surfaced by groups that were attempting to flaunt enormous power, saw the risk of their interests being affected; therefore, they promoted a generalized panic that had a critical social impact. The manifesto of the Communist Party simply explains that throughout history, humanity there has been a war between the dominant and oppressed classes. Marx and Engels called these groups the bourgeoisies and the proletariats.
The Communist Manifesto has been directly associated with the laborer’s movement. Marx predicted upcoming battles for the working class, and signaled the objective and tasks that the proletariats had to achieve. Unfortunately, during the period that Marx lived, the conditions for the movement of the proletariats, to be victorious, hadn’t matured. The age of imperialism and the proletariat revolutions were produced after the deaths of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The decisive victory for the proletariats was achieved during this new time period.
Furthermore, not only was the document considered radical and appalling at the time of its publishment. It made those who were oppressed aware of their status and instilled a sense
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