Karl Marx And Political Revolutionism

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Karl Marx, a German economist, philosopher, sociologist, and political revolutionist is among the most influential figures of the 20th century. His influence was undisputable. He was nonetheless a very divisive figure. His ideology was loved and admired by some but feared, hated, and discredited by others. He inspired revolutionist and world leaders alike. His influence can be seen throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Fidel Castro, Mao Zedong, Che Guevara, Vladimir Lenin, and Joseph Stalin can be counted as just some of those who practiced or prescribed to some form of Marxism.

Karl Heinrich Marx was born on May 5, 1818 in what is now Trier, Germany. He was the third of nine children that were born to Heinrich Marx and Henrietta Pressburg. Both his mother and father were Jewish but his father converted to Protestant Christianity in 1816 to circumvent the confines of the legislation of the time that had become increasingly anti-semitic. Karl Marx’s father, a lawyer, provided well for the family. Karl was raised in a fairly wealthy upper middle class family. His father encouraged free thinking and pushed Karl to pursue higher education. Although he was initially only an average student, he eventually found inspiration and grew to admire the teachings of G.W.F. Hegel, a former philosophy professor at the University of Berlin. Here he became involved with a group of young radical thinkers that questioned the established political and religious thinking of the time. The
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