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Friedrich Engels once wrote:

"For as long as the oppressed class, in this case the Proletariat, is not ripe for its economic emancipation, just so long will its majority regard the existing order of society as the only one possible..."

With which of the following social relationships may we draw possible correlations?


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A
Earls–Barons
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B
Kings–Noblemen
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C
Patricians–Plebeians
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D
Kings–Feudal lords

Solution

The correct option is B Patricians–Plebeians
The Patricians possessed a lot of political power in the empire. This was primarily because they had formed an institution called the Senate, which advised the kings of the empire. Thus, a good degree of control over the empire was in the hands of the Patricians. The Plebeians, on the other hand, fell much lower in the social, economic, and political hierarchy of the time. They had no political rights and practically had to accept the status of a slave. In the context of this question, it may be assumed that the fortunes of the Plebeians were awfully similar to the ones Engels associated with the Proletariat or the working class of his time.

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