Karl Marx facts
|Karl Heinrich Marx|
|Full name||Karl Heinrich Marx|
|Main interests||Politics, Economics, class struggle, Alienation|
|Notable ideas||Co-founder of Marxism (with Engels), Alienation and exploitation of the worker, The Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital, Materialist conception of history|
Karl Heinrich Marx (5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German political thinker who wrote about money (economics) and power (politics). Marx thought that if a place that works together runs on wage-labor, then there would always be class struggle. Marx thought that this class struggle would result in workers taking power. His most famous book was the Communist Manifesto. He wrote it with Friedrich Engels in 1848. The book is about the ideas and aims of communism. His ideas are called Marxism.
His most important work is Das Kapital, or The Capital. He spent many years working on the three parts of the book. Das Kapital describes how "capitalism" works and the problems this creates, such as division of labour and exploitation. The book has led to many arguments between those who agree with the book and those who do not. Marx's ideas have been thought of as responsible for socialist revolutions (like the Russian Revolution).
Marx's most popular theory was his 'materialism'. He believed that religion, morality, social structures and other things are all rooted in economics. In his later life he was more tolerant of religion.
Karl Marx was born in Trier in 1818, but he had to move many times because the government did not like his ideas. Marx lived for a long time in London. He died there in 1883. After he died, his friend Engels finished many of his works.
Marx also wrote the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, a critique of political economy in which he discusses topics such as labor wages, labor rent, and capital profit, and his ideas of how to change the economy, including proletarian socialist revolution and an eventual communist society.
Many people continue to follow and develop Marx's ideas.
- Friedrich Engels' Biography of Marx
- Franz Mehring's Karl Marx: The Story of His Life
- Vladimir Lenin's Karl Marx Biography
- Francis Wheen's Karl Marx: A Life
- Karl Korsch's Karl Marx Biography
- Maximilien Rubel's Marx, life and works
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Marx's birthplace, now Brückenstrasse 10, Trier. It was purchased by the Social Democratic Party of Germany in 1928 and now houses a museum devoted to him.
Marx believed that industrial workers (the proletariat) would rise up around the world.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels monument in Marx-Engels-Forum, Berlin-Mitte
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