Category: Stalin

On this day: Friedrich Engels, Prussian political theorist and ‘gravedigger of capitalism’, is born (28th November 1820)

In 1842, the 22-year-old Friedrich Engels travelled to tend to family business near Manchester, England. Sent by his father to protect the family investment in a cotton manufacturing firm in Salford, with the added paternal hope that exposing his son to the realities of business would rid him of his increasingly radical leanings. Instead, Engels witnessed the misery and desperation that had arrived on the banks of the river Irk. As the steam engine and mechanised textile production had spread across Great Britain and continental Europe in the early 19th century, a new epoch of industrialisation had arrived. The dilapidation, unsanitary conditions, and personal estrangement threatening public health and gruelling labour, meagre pay, and long hours expected of workers proved hard to ignore. [caption id="attachment_4391" align="alignright" width="300"] The family business in Manchester, the offices of Ermen and Engels' Victoria Mill[/caption] Born in 1820, in what was then the kingdom of Prussia,…

On this day: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union establish a secret non-aggression treaty

[caption id="attachment_3988" align="alignleft" width="800"] Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (pictured: The two foreign ministers greet each other at Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin)[/caption] On this day: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union establish a secret non-aggression treaty. (August 23rd 1939) Gathered around a table, under the watchful eye of Joseph Stalin, the foreign ministers of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, placed their signatures on a secret document outlining the intentions the two powers had over European 'spheres of interest'. Territorial agreements would decide the future of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania. The two forces of National buy metformin 850 mg usa Socialism and Soviet Bolshevism were now aligned, having only just fought against each de-facto, aiding opposing sides in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). As Russian revolutionary writer and exile Victor Serge would assert, the "midnight of the century" had arrived. Nine days later, Nazi…