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The Condition of the Working Class in England by Friedrich Engels
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Feb 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, society-culture-anthropology-etc, economics-finance-business, for-class

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.
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February 19, 2012 – Shelved as: nonfiction
February 19, 2012 – Shelved as: economics-finance-business
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December 2, 2012 – Shelved as: for-class

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Sunny cool .. looks interesting. will order this ..

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