Friedrich Engels

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Friedrich Engels
Portrait of comrade Engels.
Karl Heinrich Marx

(1820-11-28)28 November 1820
Barmen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation
Died5 August 1895(1895-08-05) (aged 74)
London, England

Friedrich Engels, sometimes anglicized as Frederick Engels, was a German philosopher, historian, political scientist and revolutionary socialist. Together with his friend and long time collaborator Karl Marx, they developed the materialist scientific explanation of history and economics, what later became known as Marxism.

Karl Marx’s dearest friend and inseparable comrade in arms, co-developer of dialectical materialism and scientific socialism and co-author with Marx of the Communist Manifesto; one of the founders of the Communist League and the International Association of Workingmen or First International.

Life and work

Engels was born in the city of Barmen in Rhenish Prussia, which at the time was a rapidly industrializing city. He was the son of a rich and very conservative industrial capitalist, Friedrich Engels Sr.

At the age of 20, Engels had many talents and developed many abilities; he practiced sports, studied music and foreign languages, including English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

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