The life of Karl Marx was a life filled with intellectual education and political criticism. Marx was born in what is now Germany on May 5, 1818. His ancestors were rabbis but in order to avoid persecution his father converted to Lutheranism and in 1824 Marx was baptized, “The conversion probably resulted from the enforcement of the anti-Jewish laws” (Schneck 236). Marx studied law at the University of Bonn due to the influence of his father, who was a lawyer. At the University of Bonn, Marx spent much of his time socializing and gathering a large sum of debt. When Marx’s father received the news of his son’s fencing wound and large debt, he insisted that his son transfer to the less exhilarating University of Berlin.At the University of Berlin, Marx was further exposed to philosophy and decided to change his area of study. During his time at the University of Berlin he also got involved with a radical student journal, his involvement earned him a reputation as a critic of religion and government. In 1841 he received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Jena. His reputation prevented him from becoming a teacher of philosophy so following his college education he became the editor of the controversial and critical newspaper, Rheinische Zeitung.
In 1843 Marx married Jenny von Westphalen, daughter of a German baron. Soon after their marriage, Rheinische Zeitung was viewed as an increasing threat to the government; Marx was forced to resign from his position as editor and move to Paris, shortly after the paper itself was silenced. This move was a stroke of good fortune for Marx. At the time Paris was home to the majority of the world’s intellectuals and rebels, “Marx soon became involved in their disputes and causes” (Schneck 236). In Paris Marx and Engels met and instantly became friends. This was an important friendship because in a joint wrote their most influential piece of writing, The Communist Manifesto. . .
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