With the 1840's the socialist heritage underwent profound changes. Most significantly, these may be attributed to the influence of Karl Marx, (1818-1883), in whose person were joined both the intellectual critic and the practical revolutionary. The import of his life, if any one meaning can be drawn from it, lay in the works to which he gave himself with single-minded devotion. All else was assigned lower priority: material comfort, personal welfare, respectability. Even the poverty and suffering of his family, though bitterly and painfully experienced, were not permitted to sway the concentration he felt compelled to bring to his study, writing, and organizational activities. This triumph of will, indeed, was aided by the forbearance and equal dedication of his wife, as well as by the intellectual and pecuniary support he derived from his close friend, Friedrich Engels (1820-1895). In the end, the impact of Marx far transcended the bounds of socialist development, affecting a significant portion of subsequent political, economic, and social thought and action, in both the East and West. [excerpt]
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "2. Karl Marx. Pt. XVI: Developments in Socialism, (1848-1914)." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 6-29.