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Karl Marx’s Manchester

30/12/2018 2:15 pm
30/12/2018 3:45 pm

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We know him as the founder of communism, a political philosopher whose ideas drove half the world in the 20th century and still resonate today, particularly at home within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Karl Marx came to Manchester some twenty times to see his esteemed colleague, Friedrich Engels, a German cotton merchant with whom he wrote The Communist Manifesto (not at Chetham’s, Creative Tourist, Manchester Evening News note).

Here is an unusual description of Marx from Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff, Liberal Under-Secretary of State for India, to Princess Victoria:

“He is a short, rather small man with grey hair and beard which contrast strangely with a still dark moustache. The face is somewhat round, the forehead well shaped and filled up — the eye rather hard but the whole expression rather pleasant than not, by no means that of a gentleman who is in the habit of eating babies in their cradles — which is I daresay the view which the police takes of him.”

Walk in his Manchester footsteps with Ed Glinert, author of Penguin’s The Manchester Compendium and many other tomes published by the cream of British publishers, who has been hacking away at the coal-face of local politics for 35 years, including a stint at the heart of one of the most sinister Trotskyite cells Hulme ever witnessed.

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