This forceful polemic explores the staggering human cost of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England. Engels paints an unforgettable picture of daily life in the new industrial towns, and for miners and agricultural workers in a savage indictment of the greed of the bourgeoisie. His later preface, written for the first English edition of 1892 and included here, brought the story up-to-date in the light of forty years' further reflection.
Friederich Engels (1820-95), German philosopher, the son of a factory worker who supervised his father's business in Manchester. He wrote influential essays on the social and political conditions in Britain in the 1840s. He collaborated with Marx in writing The German Ideology, the Manifesto of the Communist Party, and Das Kapital.