Karl Marx

By Tami Cox


  • Born in Trier, Germany on May 5, 1818
  • Died in London, England on March 14, 1883
  • Studied at the University of Bonn, the University of Berlin, and the University of Jena.
  • Influenced by Adam Smith, Friedrich Engels, and Charles Darwin
  • His father was a very successful lawyer, which made his family high class.
  • He is mainly known for The Communist Manifesto.

Marx's Ideas

  • Marx believed that change was caused by class struggles between "haves" (those of middle and high class) and "have nots" (those of the lower class).
  • He favored privately owned businesses in an economic system
  • The bourgeoisie (high class) often mistreated those in the proletariat (lower class) because they are withheld from the wealth of their masters.
  • Eventually, the proletariat would overthrow the bourgeoise after being mistreated for too long.
  • Marx's Communist Manifesto went into detail about how the proletariat would end class societies

"Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!" -Karl Marx

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