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The Condition of the Working-Class in…

The Condition of the Working-Class in England From Personal Observation… (original 1844; edition 1973)

by Friedrich Engels (Author)

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The Condition of the Working Class in England is the best known work of Engels, and still in many ways the best study of the working class in Victorian England. What Cobbett had done for agricultural poverty in his Rural Rides, Engels did - and more - in this work on the plight of industrialworkers in England in the 1840s.… (more)
Title:The Condition of the Working-Class in England From Personal Observation and Authentic Sources
Authors:Friedrich Engels (Author)
Info:Moscow: Progress Publishers. Edition: First,Thus
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Want to read this because Jeannette Winterson recommends it in "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" According to her, it's "a frightening, upsetting account of the effects of the Industrial Revolution on ordinary people -- what happens when people 'regard each other only as useful objects.'"
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
This should have been my first economics book. Alas...much later in life.... ( )
  carterchristian1 | Feb 15, 2014 |
Gripping descriptions of working class conditions. Strong in utilizing statistics for population and production arguments about causation of same. Wasn't expecting a name drop of Faraday, that was a surprise. Also really interesting details on technology and its repercussions. Vivid sections on how the working conditions affected mental and physical health.

Long, dreary stretches going over the differences between Chartists and Socialists and their respective aims, though this might have been important for the intended German audience. Here's where the Penguin Classics edition could have helped the reader by supplying some background.

Exhuberant, youthful writing, that occasionally could have stood being reined in. His opinions on the Irish are unenlightened and cringe worthy. ( )
  encephalical | Sep 25, 2013 |
A harrowing and frightening book. Some things really have not changed over the past two centuries.

A grisly tour of the slums of the factory towns of the Industrial Revolution. Engels, an angry young man, details the blackened suffering of the workers there, their ignorance, poverty, sickness. I recall many similar details from Mike Davis' book on a 'planet of slums', and many things I've seen too. Beggars with severed and gnarled limbs, live wires, poisoned water. The narrow maze-like patch-work buildings. Except they're not in England now - many of the slum factory-workers now are in the 'developing' world. A specter haunts not only Europe.

Although one may have criticisms of his solution, and those who have claimed to follow it, it is not left to any level of doubt what was wrong with the old world. A fearsome social document in its own right. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
The Condition of the Working Class in England (Oxford World's Classics) by Friedrich Engels (1999)
  leese | Nov 23, 2009 |
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Engels, Friedrichprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hobsbawm. E. J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kelley, FlorenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLellan, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valette, Pierre AdolpheCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The history of the proletariat in England begins with the second half of the last century, with the invention of the steam-engine and of machinery for working cotton.

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The order of our investigation of the different sections of the proletariat follows naturally from the forgoing history of its rise.

(from chapter one, "The Industrial Proletariat")
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