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Engels, Manchester, and the Working Class

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Reprint. Originally published: 1st ed. New York: Random House, [1974].
Paperback, 1 page
Published April 1st 1985 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1974)
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Martin
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Manchester for its simultaneously dazzling and dreary history, so I was excited to read about its makeup and character at that time. At the time of writing “The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844”, 64% of Manchester was working class, 74% of Salford was, and outlying communities were 90% working class. I love histories of pestilent, grimy England during this period, which I got a little of with this book, but not a lot. The Poor Law Reform Act of 1834 created the workhouse. ...more
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Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best work on Engels ever written, because it is written by a researcher in literature and not a political theorist.It covers the social history behind the writing of The Conditions of the Working Class in England and also the history of industrialisation in Manchester in the 19C.
Perhaps we find ourselves to intimidated to day by post modern fears of historicism that such a book could never be written today, and it probably wont. This is the kind of writing that makes you think, not
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