The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx And Friedrich Engels : Bourgeois And Proletariats

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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Bourgeois and Proletariats.
"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." This opening statement by Marx summarizes his arguments in the first section of the manifesto. In this section of the communist manifesto, Marx with the help of Engels immediately creates the disparity between the two class groups; Bourgeoisie and the Proletariats. He engages the reader by describing the relationship between the class groups as "oppressor and oppressed". In addition, Marx uses this comparison to highlight the same type of social ranking which was present in the middle ages. He goes on to explain that the new modern society is just a simplification of the class system which was present in the feudal society. This simplification according to Marx resulted in the "two great hostile camps...Bourgeoisie and Proletariats".
Furthermore, Marx uses this first section to portray his central argument which is that the idea of class struggles is evident in all of history. He emphasizes that regardless of the ever-changing economic structures; feudalism or the modern industry, history can be understood better when observed according to class and the understanding of who was the oppressed and who the oppressor was. Marx also goes on to describe the uprising of the Bourgeoisie as the "oppressor" who have in turn revolutionized the feudal relations and turned them into ones involved with money and…

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