The Condition of the Working Class in England, Paperback Book

The Condition of the Working Class in England Paperback

Edited by David McLellan

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series

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The Condition of the Working Class in England is the best known work of Engels, and still in many ways the best study of the working class in Victorian England.

What Cobbett had done for agricultural poverty in his Rural Rides, Engels did - and more - in this work on the plight of industrial workers in England in the 1840s.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, figures, map
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780199555888

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A harrowing and frightening book. Some things really have not changed over the past two centuries.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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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