9 - 9. There were other ways in which the working classes...

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9. There were other ways in which the working classes were becoming organized. First, the 18th century had seen the development of new forms of protestant Christianity, such as Methodism. In the new churches, many of the working classes not only learned to read and write, but also they absorbed many of the new political and economic ideas which were in circulation in these new churches. Also in the new industrial towns, communities were growing up in which the new ideas could develop and spread. 10. The difference between previous theories of the French philosophers and those of Marx was that Marx saw political change as an inevitable result of economic forces. He described society as moving through stages, like Condorcet had done, but he described it more fully than the earlier writers how it moved from one stage to the next. He used economic arguments, especially in Das Capital to show that as capitalism developed, profits would fall, the level of exploitation of workers would increase, and the result would be class conflict and revolution, as he and
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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