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Historical Background to Animal Farm Karl Marx was a German scholar who lived in the nineteenth century He spent most of his life studying thinking and writing about history and economics A many years of study much of it spent in England he believed that he understood more deeply than anyone who had ever lived before him why there is injustice in the world He said that all injustice and inequality is a result of one underlying conflict in society He called it a class struggle that is a conflict bet the class of people who can afford to own money- producing businesses whom he called capitalists or the bourgeosie and the class of people who do not surplus money to buy businesses and who are therefore forced to work for wage whom he called workers Marx said that because it was always in the economic interest of capita to take advantage of or exploit workers nothing could persuade capitalists change their ways In other words peaceful progess toward equality and socia justice was impossible The only way to establish justice he said was for t workers to overthrow the capitalists by means of violent revolution He urged workers around the world to revolt against their rulers Workers of the worl unite he wrote You have nothing to lose but your chains Another thing Marx taught was that organized religion the churches help capitalists to keep the workers quiet and obedient Religion according to Mar the opiate of the masses The church tells working people to forget about th injustice they meet in their lives and to think instead of how wonderful it wi in the after- life when they go to heaven Marx with his colleague Engels spread his ideas in two famous books Capital and The Communist Manifesto In the early years of the twentieth century Russia was ready for the ide Marx The Russian people were extremely
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