The Friedrich Engels & Karl Marx Tours 2021
This is such an interesting tour - I can highly recommend it - if you love history and you love Manchester and want to get it glued together by an amazing wordsmith than this tour is one not to miss! Patrick Wetzels, after an Engels' tour, November, 2017
Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx were the fathers of communism. Engels lived, on and off, for 22 years in Manchester and during this time Marx would stay with Engels for long periods. The city appeared in the 1840s to confirm for both of them the truth behind their ideas of how society was ordered and where it was inevitably headed. It seemed clear to them how the tensions being created in this new industrial society between 'bourgeoisie' and 'proletariat' was creating such overwhelming pressure a crisis must come leading to the dictatorship of the proletariat and thus on to full communism.
The fact they filtered their ideas as young men through the experience of Manchester was crucial. As the well-known historian Asa Briggs wrote in Victorian Cities, ‘If Engels had lived not in Manchester...his conception of class and his theories of the role of class might have been very different. In this case Marx might have been not a communist but a currency reformer. The fact that Manchester was taken to be the symbol of the age in the 1840s was of central importance in modern world history.’
For most tours meet outside John Rylands Library, Deansgate, City centre, M3 3EH, 5 minutes before your tour time.
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