He was an important philosopher, social critic and revolutionary: Friedrich Engels (1820–1895). The Engels House documents the course of his life: from company owner’s son to politically active journalist and co-founder of Marxism, the social theory of scientific socialism.
He was involved in the Revolution of 1848/49 and a leading figure in the international workers’ movement. His life was defined by the social change caused by industrialisation.
Engels was a child from Barmen: born as the son of a clothmaking family in what is now a city district of Wuppertal. His grandfather, the textile maker Johann Caspar Engels, came to prosperity from modest beginnings by being frugal and diligent.
This is clear from the residential house - now known as the Engels House. It is decorated with murals and furnishings from the 18th and early 19th centuries.
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