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Document Analysis Topic 1 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels excerpt from The Communist Manifesto The publication of The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in January 1848 marks an extremely important moment in socialist history So well written and persuasively argued is the document that both its profound effect on global society at the time and its lasting historical impact were virtually assured from the moment of its printing Marx and Engels were commissioned to write the Manifesto by the London centre of the Communist League for use as the organisations definitive statement of beliefs and aims Marx Prussian-born on May 5 1818 studied philosophy and law at the University of Berlin His views were heavily influenced by Hegelian philosophy and the writing of Ludwig Feuerbach In 1843 Marx moved to Paris and began to associate with communist societies of French and German workingmen Whilst in France Marx worked on the German-French Yearbooks which led to meeting fellow contributor Friedrich Engels who was to become his lifelong collaborator Engels Prussian-born on November 28 1820 dropped out a year before finishing high school and privately developed an interest in liberal and revolutionary literature Engels worked at his fathers business in Manchester mixing with workers and radical leaders In 1884 he met Marx through the German-French Yearbooks Marx was expelled from France in February 1845 and left for Brussels followed by Engels Here they refined their philosophy and made several publications In June 1847 Marx was asked to join the Communist League an event that led to the writing of The Communist Manifesto1 The documents purpose was to provide the Communist League with a clearly defined statement of ideology and objectives More generally it was an attempt to highlight the evils of bourgeois society and how through a natural progression of events it would cause its own undoing2 Its intended audience was extremely broad worldwide but targeted the oppressed working class and
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