- Dec 2017
Historians had been looking through the lens of classes as an answer to historical events decades before Marx. Marx himself attributes his influence/use of classes to the works of French Classical Liberals.Precisely correct. After Marx, historians began to identify economic factors as one of the many causes for historical events.
"no credit is due to me for discovering the existence of classes in modern society or the struggle between them. Long before me bourgeois historians had described the historical development of this class struggle and bourgeois economists the economic anatomy of the classes. " -Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Selected Correspondence pg 69
"In all the revolutions, there have always been but two parties opposing each other; that of the people who wish to live by their own labor, and that of those who would live by the labor of others…. Patricians and plebeians, slaves and freemen, guelphs and ghibellines, red roses and white roses, cavaliers and roundheads, liberals and serviles, are only varieties of the same species " - Adolphe Blanqui 1837
"Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes." - Communist Manifesto 1848