- Get Free Essays and Term Papers

The Impact of the Industrial Revolution on Karl Marx and His Development of the Communist Manifesto

Autor:   •  November 22, 2018  •  2,250 Words (9 Pages)  •  226 Views

Page 1 of 9


Mainly, the Manifesto is believed to reflect the origin of the present working class movement and, today; it continues to stand as the most extensive and universal product of radical literature. The effect of The Communist Manifesto has been notable, mainly because it has reflected the class struggle in a manner that few other legislative works have succeeded in portraying.[12] During the 1840's, Marx and Engels continued to gain considerable ground and recognition amongst the international community. They viewed on Capitalism as a force that, has not only taken Europe by storm but one that could potentially eradicate the feudal mindset that has continued to influence many nations and even result in communal and economic progress for humankind at large. Marx and Engels witnessed dramatic uprisings as a consequence of the fateful confrontations, in particular the ones occurring in their homeland country Germany, which still consisted of several smaller states and rulings, despite the fact that it continued to be mostly changed into still made from a big range of small states and principalities, although it continued to be primarily governed by the politically charged state of Prussia. The revolutions that were to occur later were considered to be "Bourgeois Revolutions," which were crucial in providing an opening for total capitalist control which continued to grow in power by clearing away the old aristocracy who continued to view themselves as the main providers of production. This theory by Marx and Engels was based on their understanding and firm belief of the Proletariat as being the most significant and progressive revolutionary social division. The strong perspective of the working class to impact the world played a crucial role as part of the debate that Marx and Engels continued to investigate as an issue concerning both socialist and democratic politics. The Communist Manifesto hypothesized their studies, namely the great struggle involving the exploited feudal workers and the dominant bourgeoisie. However, soon enough, this conflict was to be soon overshadowed by a potentially more dangerous battle involving the growing capitalist class and the revolutionary labor division.

The constant conflict between the two classes, focused primarily on the poor labor conditions during the economic boom, prompted workers to come together and revolt as a collective, with the hope of achieving new ideals of unification and personal identity. As consistently witnessed throughout history, when citizens come together as a collective and rise against their struggles, if successful, they can advance as a society and even introduce new governmental policies that target their demands.[13] During the late 19th century, the socialists persevered in sparking revolutions and political parties that tackled issues regarding modernization and technological advancement. Karl Marx's theories continued to fuel and encourage disadvantaged working groups to unite and push for equal rights in their work environment. Despite the favorable outcomes, the results of these revolutions contradicted Marx's initial prediction that the workers would rebel and, instead, they sought equal treatment in the communities. The future of the Manifesto depended and rested solely on the political situation in Europe at the time. Fundamentally, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were considered to be ahead of their time in their thinking regarding the advancement of Industrial labor conditions. Their book offers an overall depiction of a capitalist uprising and examines the origin behind the bourgeoisie and proletariat feud. The rise of capitalism became more evident thanks to its global outreach and its ability to fuel revolution. Nevertheless, even with its global span, the spread of capital power did very little to help fight the injustices of capitalism. have frequently destroyed livelihoods, now not more advantageous them.

The primary purpose of the Communist Manifesto was to act as a guide and handbook for working class revolution. The book states and predicts that the demise of the aristocracy and the triumph of the peasantry are both predetermined and precise. Several critics believe that Marx and Engels based their theoretical speculations of class revolution on recurring historical events, thus leading them to believe that the rise of socialism in itself is also inevitable. Nevertheless, despite its introduction of new concepts regarding the Industrial Revolution, the necessary information provided by The Communist Manifesto was of little value in processing these intricate and conflicting ideologies, and in providing a distinct foundation to Marxism. Despite this, it continues to stand as one of the greatest of constitutional texts which still motivates new groups of socialists and still acts as a political guide to class struggle in Europe.[14]

The impact of Karl Marx and his Manifesto throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries were significant, and arguably still very much intact and running. However, similar to many great thinkers and philosophers who have influenced the events of history, the impact of his writings did not always serve their singular purpose or, at least, not always lived up to the boundaries of the author's expectations. At the height of its potential, for nearly 20 years, Marxism came to be overruled by Stalin, whom later introduced policies which, in many ways, contradicted with Marx's ideologies, though still showcased clear influences from his writings. Before 1917, the socialists, democrats and communist movements became somewhat unanimous, and those who identified themselves with either or neither were considered to be "Marxists" of nature. Regardless of their many differences, these distinct parties agreed in their devotion to democracy, with the hope of abolishing private business ownership and transferring production to the state and, ultimately, in the same hands of the ordinary people.[15]

Work Cited

Electronic Sources

Engels, Frederick. "The Principles of Communism." The Principles of Communism. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

"Karl Marx and Marxism: A Consequence Of Industrialization." Professor Nerdster. N.p., 10 Dec. 2016. Web. 21 Mar. 2017.

"Marx's The Communist Manifesto: Meaning and Interpretation." Marx's The Communist Manifesto: Meaning and Interpretation. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.


Wiliam, Sydney Australia. "Skwirk Interactive


Download:   txt (14.6 Kb)   pdf (57.7 Kb)   docx (16.2 Kb)  
Continue for 8 more pages »
Only available on