Marx and an idea - Kris Kelly Marx Paper HIST 112H 3/7/08...

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Kris Kelly Marx Paper HIST 112H 3/7/08 Marx and an Idea From the Medieval times, there has been a distinct division in socio-economic classes. During this period, there were lords and there were serfs. Serfs were the grungy, working class that got very little to nothing for their laborious work. Their lords reaped the benefits of his serfs’ work by sitting back and counting his money. As the Renaissance rolled around, serfdom became obsolete, but the same pattern of poor working man versus rich businessman remained the same. The businessmen owned the blacksmith shops, while the ordinary blacksmith made and sold the product with little or no gain for himself. This division of classes varied by culture, but still remained steadfast all the way up through capitalism. Capitalism is the idea of having a free trade economy not controlled exclusively by government as it had been in the past. Marx discovers that pure capitalism has these two distinct classes, as well as a predictable cycle to its economic success. Capitalism came about from the very gradual evolution of European economic systems. Conditions for serfs were deplorable so they asked for property and a profit from their labors. The lords gave them some land, which they still owned, and enough money to live on, so they pushed harder in the Renaissance and received their own property and real wages. Now
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course CHEM 122 taught by Professor Klein during the Spring '08 term at Christopher Newport University.

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Marx and an idea - Kris Kelly Marx Paper HIST 112H 3/7/08...

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