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The Condition of the Working Class in England Paperback – 7 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141191104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141191102
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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"This is a very nicely-produced edition at a price practical for course use. David McClellan's introduction is clear and useful."--J. Boyden, Tulane University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Frederick Engels (1820-1895), the son of a wealthy German textile manufacturer, moved in 1842 to England to take a position in a factory near Manchester partially owned by his father. Engels met Karl Marx in 1844 and began a lifelong association with him. The two are considered to be the founders of modern communism. The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845; English translation 1847) is one of the classic texts of Marxist thought, standing besides such other of Engels' works as Socialism: Utopian and Scientific and The Dialectic of Nature. It is a vitally important political, social and historical document. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This was the first book written to describe the lives of the working people in Victorian Britain. It paints a shocking picture of poverty, exploitation and the utter despair of the working class as they work themselves slowly to death without any reward, in a society where those in power do everything they can to make as much profit from the workers while denying them the most basic principles of human rights and dignity.
I had always been aware that Victorian Britain was well known for the poverty of its masses, but nothing prepared me for the detailed, horrifying descriptions of living and working conditions, starvation, disease and a stagnant existence of poverty in which there was literally no way out of except suicide.
For all its justified power, I do feel that Engels does tend to drift from being a critical and detatched observer in favour of spectacular tirades championing the case of the working class. Though this is clearly understandable as a result of what he saw and experienced in the numerous cities of England and Scotland in the twenty-two months he spent in Britian for the material of the book.
The first book to give the working class a voice in a society which entirely suppressed it, and a damning study of the cruel and exploitative nature of capitalism, which proves to be as relevant now (with the imergance of globalisation) as it was when first written in 1844.
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This book is interesting as an historical peice of journalism and scientific investigation. It is equally interesting because it provides such a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary, working class people living in and around Manchester, Stockport and Stoke in the mid-Nineteenth Century.
It's often cited in modern discussions of complex systems as the book also gives an idea of the interactions between social, political and economic factors and their results in the real world. The origins of these much more modern ideas, how social and economic conditions interact, taking the holistic view etc. are all visible here.
It gives some ideas of what Engels must have been like and his compassion for the suffering of the people described is clear throughout the book.
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Friedrich Engels' classic "The Condition of the Working Class in England" was written when he was only twenty-four, and had but recently abandoned his Calvinist upbringing for a more critical, socialist, point of view. Yet this book reads as if it were written by an experienced political commentator or a radical sociologist, without actually at any point becoming melodramatic or dense.

Engels' main purpose is to confront the bourgeoisie with the reality of their mode of production and to contrast this with the rhetoric of "free choice" and "civil liberties", as well as the capitalist apologia of the political economists of his day, in particular Andrew Ure. With great insight into both the causes and effects of the capitalist system, Engels catalogues the endless want, filth, despair and misery experienced by millions of labourers every day in 19th century England. He pays attention to housing, to factory safety, to unionism, to the physical condition of the workers, to alcoholism, the state of the Irish underclass, to prostitution and disease; in short, all the ills attendant on industrialization.

What gives this book such power is that Engels on the one hand proceeds in an analytical manner, making use above all of sources from the bourgeoisie itself and from Parliamentary reports, in explaining the functioning of the capitalist system and the competition between capitalists and between labourers. On the other hand, he writes in a particularly readable manner and at no point bores the reader with the mere summing-up of statistics.
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Engels wrote this book between late 1842 and early 1845. While still in his very early 20s, he had already written extensively as a journalist for both English and German newspapers. At the time, England was undergoing significant political and economic changes - the Chartist movement was pushing, inter alia, for universal suffrage and the country was just coming out of a deep slump in economic activity, which had lasted from 1837 to 1842. Meanwhile the country was undergoing a massive wave of industrialisation that would see it soon become "the workshop of the world". Engels had moved to Manchester at the behest of his father to learn to be a businessman and Engels used the opportunity to write a report for his fellow radicals in Germany on the state of the working class given the massive upheavals taking place - a sort of prior warning what to expect should industrialisation take place in Germany - the original was published in German and an English version would only be released in 1886 for an American audience.
Engels vividly describes the working and living conditions of the working class predominantly, although not only, in Manchester, and links this to the economic developments taking place. This is based on researching Factories Inspectors reports - a method that was to be copied by Marx in Volume 1 of "Capital" and contemporary newspaper articles as well as his own eyewitness reports garnered by walking around the affected areas and interviewing locals. It is a very professional and accomplished work of investigative social reporting, and no less than UNESCO has included it on its list of most influential works of sociology.
There is no 'call to arms' here in this book - this is still to wait until "The Communist Manifesto" in 1848 but there are shades of "A specter is haunting Europe" particularly in the final chapter.
Marx was to compliment Engels long after for its passion and incisiveness. It is a classic of its times.
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