Which parts of Marx’s analysis do you think Smith would reject in The Communist Manifesto? What are Marx's and Engels' views of history and the emergence of capitalism?
Marx and Engels believed that history in Europe had progressed through five stages that were determined by people's access to needs such as food and clothing. These stages were primitive communism, slave society, feudalism, capitalism, and socialism. The proto-capitalist society developed out of trading activity during feudalism. Marx thought that the revolutions of the 17th and 18th centuries, such as the English Civil War and the French Revolution, arose from a revolt of people against feudalism, fed by the desire for people to free themselves from being tied to the land to work in...
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