The Communist Manifesto


Karl Marx

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Peasants Character Analysis

Peasants were one of the earlier oppressed classes that Marx and Engels discuss in their historical analysis of the rise of the bourgeoisie. The peasants that the authors are thinking of are those who existed within the medieval feudalist system. They had the slight advantage when compared with proletariat of being granted small plots of land in exchange for their labor, on which they could grow their own produce and thereby survive with a slightly greater degree of independence than those oppressed under the bourgeois capitalist system.

Peasants Quotes in The Communist Manifesto

The The Communist Manifesto quotes below are all either spoken by Peasants or refer to Peasants. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of The Communist Manifesto published in 2011.
I. Bourgeois and Proletarians Quotes

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.

Page Number: 62-63
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Peasants Character Timeline in The Communist Manifesto

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II. Proletarians and Communists
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...say that the bourgeoisie have themselves already destroyed old forms of property, like those of peasants or artisans. (full context)