Friedrich Engels

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German political philosopher and revolutionary socialist

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According to Wikipedia, Friedrich Engels was a German philosopher, political theorist, historian, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. He was also a businessman and Karl Marx's closest friend and collaborator. Engels's family was wealthy and owned large cotton-textile mills in Prussia and England. He met Marx in 1844, and they jointly authored a number of works, including The Holy Family , The German Ideology , and The Communist Manifesto , and worked as political organizers and activists in the Communist League and First International. Engels also helped Marx financially, allowing him to continue his writing after moving to London in 1849. After Marx's death in 1883, Engels compiled Volumes II and III of Das Kapital , helped found the Second International, and was the leading authority on Marxism.

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