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: We are living through a period of fundamental social and political upheaval. the material conditins of life in Britain for growing numbers of people - the young, the homeless, and women in particular - are moving progressively closer to those described by Frederick Engles in his 1845 publication, "The Condition of the Working Class in Britain". This volume is published to mark the 150th anniversary of this work and the centenary of Engels's death. Notwithstanding his character as a man of his time, Engels's contribution to the understanding of capitalist society remains exemplary. This collection of critical essays re-establishes the relevance of his work for the study of the socioeconomic problems of British capitalism under the changed conditions of the post Cold War, post Stalinist period.