Friedrich Engels

1820 (Barmen, Germany) – 1895 (London)

Engels’ friend and collaborator Hess was responsible for his conversion to communism. He first met his great friend and collaborator, Marx, in Germany, but travelled to Paris to spend more time with him — 10 days that led to a lifetime’s work together, after Paris in Brussels, Köln and London (Engels, but not Marx, also lived in Manchester). In England, He often helped to support the frequently-destitute Marx. While he had many English acquaintances (even fox-hunting with fellow-businessmen), he made few friends. But he contacted Owen, whom he greatly admired, and wrote several articles for his newspaper.

Friedrich Engels knew…