The Class Struggle In The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx

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As the Industrial Revolution, reshaped Europe’s social, and economic landscapes a new political revolution also began to take place. Communist parties began to crop up across the continent, so in June of 1847 the Congress of Communist League meets in London and met again in December of 1847. At this second Congress, Karl Marx, a German economic and political writer, and Friedrich Engels, a German lawyer, were asked to write a manifesto for the Communist Party. In February of 1848, The Communist Manifesto was published causing revolutions to break out in Paris, and Berlin. In the Manifesto Marx, and Engels argue that the history of mankind is the history of the class struggle, and that capitalism is an inherently unstable political, social,…show more content…
They argue through the changes seen in the transitions from Ancient Rome to Medieval Europe to Modern Industrial Europe that the history of man and civilization is the history of class struggle and exploitation. Marx, and Engels conclude that class arrangements are dictated by an era’s means of production such that as the means of production changes so must the class arrangements thus creating class struggles. This means that those who control the means of production would have the most revolutionary power. Marx and Engels argue that the bourgeoisie have in the acquisition of their revolutionary power put an end to feudalism, and the previously existing systems in exchange for monetarily driven relation systems that had come to fruition. The revolution of the proletariat will be different from previous revolutions though as it will not be a revolution by the minority for the interests of the minority but rather the revolution of the majority. This goes to show that, according to Marx and Engels, the history of class struggle has existed throughout the history of civilization, and though it may change slightly it will continue to be the history of man as the proletariat
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