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on 7 October 2011
A good read (all about the working class in Manchester) and other areas, you must read this book and find out what it was like,
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on 7 March 2013
Easy read through the industrial 1800's , explaining how the capitalist ruled every aspect of a persons life. The book could lead the reader to draw many parallels to today's society.
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on 12 November 2010
Engels describes what happens when let-rip capitalism becomes all important. The point is well taken that when Britain was the richest country in the world owning an empire on which the sun never set she kept ordinary human beings as wage slaves living in abject squalor to help generate the wealth the cotton barons and others of the ruling classes enjoyed without even beginning to allow a share in the prosperity the workers generated. Of course, everyone nowadays says that this state of affairs could never happen again - could it?
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on 26 June 2012
A must for anyone who wants to know about the roots of the British Labour movement. The reasons why it came about and indeed why it is declining so rapidly in this high immigration, high dependence age. Enjoy the vivid description of those uncertain times but remember it is a warning and it is always possible if not inevitable that a similar situation will arise again.
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on 7 October 2010
This book paints a very horrible picture of 19th century England, and also of capitalism in general. This is not a theoretical work unlike many of Engels' other works but rather a social report, about the way of life for the working class. I would call this, a very good sociological description of the lower classes of the periode.

It shows how the power holders degrade their employees and make them live under horrible conditions, to obtain higher profit margins. Engels also had a speciel insight on this particular area, because his father was himslef an owner of a large factory. And dispite Engels' own political views, I think he managed to give a fair and unbiased description of the situation for the working classes.
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on 10 April 2015
Having been born in the most deprived part of Manchester in 1930, I know first hand what Engels is writing about.
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on 22 January 2015
Timeless. Dont let the Engles name put you off. Very well written and an important work.
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on 12 February 2015
I am using this as part of my Open University degree. Really interesting
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on 28 January 2015
a good book for reference to the industrial revolution.
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on 11 January 2016
As relevant today as when written, unfortunately.
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