Week 6: The Communist Manifesto

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    David Hitchcock

    The Communist Manifesto was a utopian pronunciation at a moment of profound social, economic, and political upheaval in Europe. Emerging at a time of revolution fomented by the Industrial Revolution and its attendant economic inequality, urbanisation, and social change, Marx and Engels’ clarion call to revolution offered the hope of a brighter future. The struggles of today would build the foundations of the proletariat’s hopeful tomorrows. There are, however, points to consider in the utopia offered by the Manifesto around accessibility and inclusiveness: Marx and Engels imagined a utopia, but who got to live in it?

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