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Write a 5 page paper on the following topic:
Marx and Engel’s Communist Manifesto was written within the context of a very traumatic phase in the capitalist industrialization of Europe. While Marx and Engel’s analysis of capitalist society was rooted in their observations of the world around them, they made many predictions about the future course of capitalism and also offered general descriptions of the effects of capitalism. How does the Communist Manifesto reflect the social and economic context in which it was written and in what ways did it accurately or inaccurately predict and describe the capitalist society that we live in today?
To help you get started with the first half of the question, you may find it useful to read an excerpt from Friedrich Engel’s description of Manchester in 1844:
You do not need to directly use the Engel’s source in your paper. Its purpose is to get you thinking about the context of the Communist Manifesto in the 1840s and what daily life was like in Industrial areas.
Means of Production: The tools and the raw material used to create something are the means of production. These include: facilities, machinery, tools, and capital.
Bourgeoisie: Those who own and control the means of production. A factory owner, for example, owns the factory building, the machines within it, the raw materials used to make goods, and the finished goods. The factory owner is a member of the bourgeoisie.
Proletariat: Those who do not own or control the means of production. All they truly own is themselves, which means they must sell their labor—they are wage laborers. The factory worker does not for a single moment own the product that he or she is making, the machines and tools used to make it, the raw materials, etc.
Outside research is not required for this assignment, though you may wish to include background information from class lecture and discussion. If you do use other sources, footnoting (as always) is required. Citations of the Communist Manifesto need only be page numbers in parenthesis. You must use citations even when you are not quoting directly.
You must use material from throughout the book (using proper citations will help to demonstrate this). Do not base your paper only on a few passages from the book.
The essay should be 5 pages in length, with one inch margins, double-spacing, and 12 point TIMES NEW ROMAN font. Do NOT include extra spacing between paragraphs. Papers shorter than the required length will almost certainly receive a lower grade. Avoid the first person (I, me, my, etc.) in your paper.
See the syllabus for policies on late papers and extensions. Please plan to turn the paper in on time.
Your paper must obviously and clearly respond to both parts of the assignment’s question.
I am interested in your analysis and your response to the Manifesto. Do not summarize the life of Karl Marx or the entire industrial revolution, etc.
Avoid long quotations! Quotations should serve your argument and you must clearly interpret them. A quotation should not be included as if it speaks for itself and requires no further analysis or explanation. Keep your quotations to about a sentence in length, at most.
The best essays will make a strong, clear, and thoughtful argument. You should express an argument about the book’s content rather than providing a book report or summary.
The best essays will have a strong thesis, be clearly written and organized, and lack spelling or grammar errors.
An “A” paper:
Presents a clear, convincing thesis (in one or two sentences) that directly addresses all aspects of the question.
Discusses in depth:
How the Communist Manifesto reflects the context of the industrial revolution, using multiple examples from the Manifesto
How the world’s current economic situation does or does not accord with the Manifesto’s description of capitalism, using multiple examples
Uses material from throughout the first two chapters of the Communist Manifesto
Demonstrates a critical engagement with the text
Supports this discussion with concrete and clearly relevant evidence
Consistently and correctly cites sources used
Is written in an easily readable fashion devoid of grammatical and spelling errors
Is clearly organized with an introduction, smooth transitions between points, and a conclusion
Fulfills the basic requirements of the paper (length, etc.)
Write a 5 page paper on the following topic:
Marx and Engel’s Communist Manifesto was written within the context of a very traumatic phase in the capitalist industrialization of Europe.