The Condition of the Working Class in England

The Condition of the Working Class in England

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by Friedrich Engels
     
 

The Condition of the Working Class is the best-known work of Engels, and in many ways still the best study of the working class in Victorian England. It was also Engels's first book, written during his stay in Manchester from 1842 to 1844. Manchester was then at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution and Engels compiled his study from his own observations and… See more details below

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The Condition of the Working Class is the best-known work of Engels, and in many ways still the best study of the working class in Victorian England. It was also Engels's first book, written during his stay in Manchester from 1842 to 1844. Manchester was then at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution and Engels compiled his study from his own observations and detailed contemporary reports. The fluency of his writing, the personal nature of his insights, and his talent for mordant satire combine to make this account of the life of the victims of early industrial change into a classic - a historical study that parallels and complements the fictional works of the time by such writers as Gaskell and Dickens. What Cobbett had done for agricultural poverty in his Rural Rides, Engels did - and more - in this work on the plight of the industrial workers in the England of the early 1840s. This edition includes the prefaces to the English and American editions, and a map of Manchester c.1845.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192836885
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Preface to the First German Edition18
Preface to the English Edition21
Introduction37
The Industrial Proletariat54
The Great Towns57
Competition108
Irish Immigration122
Results126
Single Branches of Industry. Factory-Hands163
The Remaining Branches of Industry216
Labour Movements239
The Mining Proletariat267
The Agricultural Proletariat286
The Attitude of the Bourgeoisie towards the Proletariat301
To the Working-Classes of Great Britain323
Index326

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