The Frock-coated Communist : The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels Paperback
Friedrich Engels is one of the most attractive and contradictory figures of the nineteenth century.
Born to a prosperous mercantile family in west Germany, he spent his career working in the Manchester cotton industry, riding to the Cheshire hounds, and enjoying the comfortable, middle-class life of a Victorian gentleman.
Yet Engels was also the co-founder of international communism - the philosophy which in the 20th century came to control one third of the human race.
He was the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, a ruthless party tactician, and the man who sacrificed his best years so Karl Marx could write Das Kapital.
Tristram Hunt relishes the diversity and exuberance of Engels's era: how one of the great bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his raucous personal life with this uncompromising political philosophy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/02/2010
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780141021409