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Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels lived in an interesting time The world around these two men had changed rapidly during the years prior to their birth and after their birth People were forced to reconsider the structure of their societies and the way individuals were treated by society Marx and Engels dealt directly with this problem Their theories dealt directly with the new economic realities of a rapidly industrializing Europe Their beliefs were grounded in a class struggle between the people who owned the means of production the bourgeoisie and those people who were exploited by the bourgeoisie the proletariat Their proposed plan was to ameliorate the problems associated with the new economic arrangementA point has been made that a great number of changes had occurred in Europe before Marx and Engels wrote the Communist ManifestoThe Communist Manifesto was written to combat these new forces A manifesto is a set of definitions that define how the world runs and who is involved It classifies people into groups to allow them to identify their allies and enemies It also states the goals of a political movement Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels collaborated to write this document for the Communist League which met in London during the latter part of 1847 and early part of 1848 It was meant to define the historical circumstances that led to the development of the modern era and the eventual triumph of communism which the dialectic of history predestined to occurThe nature of human relations has never been peaceful Since the beginning of time humans have struggled amongst one another trying to satisfy their desires Engels claimed all history has been a history of class struggles of struggles between exploited and exploiting between dominated and dominating classes at various stages of social development that this struggle however has now reached a stage where the exploited and oppressed class can no longer emancipated itself form the class which exploits and oppresses
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