How did Karl Marx's ideas impact the lives of people during the Industrial Revolution?

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Karl Marx was a German philosopher, historian, economist, and political scientist who was born in Prussia in 1818 and lived most of his life in London. Although he started writing for publication in 1837, the works expressing the communist philosophy for which he became famous were the result of his meeting with Engels in 1845. He died in 1883.

The Industrial Revolution refers to a period characterized by rapid improvements in manufacturing, including the application of steam power, between 1760 and 1820. Since the Industrial Revolution began before Marx was born and ended before he started publishing his ideas, we can safely conclude that Marx's ideas had absolutely no impact on the the lives of people during the Industrial Revolution.

In fact, the opposite is the case. Much of Marx's work responds to the plight of the workers in the new manufacturing cities of England in the wake of the Industrial Revolution and its ensuing social upheavals.

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