The Condition of the Working Class in England

The Condition of the Working Class in England Review

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.

Title:The Condition of the Working Class in England
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  • Trevor

    I’ve read bits of this before, but never the whole thing. In part, you probably wouldn’t read this now, because Marx covers a lot of the same ground in the first volume of Capital - and the stuff ...

  • E. G.

    MapsIntroduction, by Tristram HuntTo the Working Classes of Great BritainPreface to the First German EditionPreface to the English Edition--The Condition of the Working Class in EnglandEpilogue, by Vi...

  • Gary

    I am a democratic socialist in the tradition ofAneurin Bevan and Harold Wilson . But this book as a work of history for anyone studying the circumstances of the working class in Britain at the time t...

  • Deborah Pickstone

    Engels' study of the working class in Manchester in the 19th century. Personally, Engels was the hero not Marx - and is also the more accessible writer. This is a fascinating account of what it was to...

  • Clif

    The only reason I don't give this book five stars is that a good part of it is filled with a detailed account of the very thing it is supposed to be about - the awful condition of the workers. How can...

  • Jade Heslin

    This started off as being the foulest piece of drudgery that I had ever cast my eyes upon. Engels is a very wordy man, and once he gets going he’s like a steam train in motion. But once we get past ...

  • Rachel

    Excellent work on Industrial Revolution, but it does contain racist ugly filth about the Irish....

  • Xander

    In 1843, Friedrich Engels decided to tour Great Britain to witness, with his own eyes, how the British labourer was living. He would, in the end, spend 21 months in the region, talking to poor folk, w...

  • David Wen

    Sobering look into the lives of people during the industrial revolution. It's very apparent why communism was started given the situations the people had to endure. Class warfare on an extreme scale c...

  • Andrea

    In the words of my partner, a corker. It leaves you with a number of impressions. The most overpowering is just rage and sadness at how the industrial revolution decimated lives. Half of children dead...