Karl Marx, born in 1818, emerged as a beacon in a Europe rapidly undergoing transformative change. Amidst this tumultuous backdrop, Marx's works and philosophy would come to define the core tenets of socialist and communist ideologies.
Karl Marx was born into a Jewish family, which, due to the prevailing anti-Semitic environment in 19th century Prussia, felt the need to convert to Christianity. This atmosphere, fraught with religious and political tension, was but a sign of the times. His early life was characterized by an impressive academic journey, obtaining a doctorate in philosophy by the age of 22.