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I have recently seen the Danish made series (1864) which is about two brothers fighting in the Second Schleswig War between Prussia and Denmark. It's a really gory and "raw" series about how brutal war was back then, but a very short scene in this series which really made me think a lot is that you at one point see the Prussian army match and some of the soldiers are speaking and one of them is really against this war and he felt it was unfair that the leaders of each country abused the people and stole their wealth and also used them as tool for wars only they wanted, you know all that kind of stuff, another soldiers questions it and asks if he is afraid of having this views of these things, but he also asks for his name which he replies "Karl Marx" and I have been digging a little, but I'm not the best at finding info like this, but I can't find any info about Karl Marx actually fighting in this war, to me it would make sense if he did and this is why he got his view to write the communist manifesto and then creating communism, which had a big impact on modern history.

I just felt it was a interesting that the ideology there had a big impact of the second world war and it almost started ww3 was created in a conflict which was started by little Denmark which in modern history has really always been a push over.

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    In its Karl Marx article, Wikipedia seems to say that he was in London throughout the 1860s, so would not have been in the physical location of that ware. – paul garrett Jan 26 at 23:07
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"Marx" is not a rare surname in Germany, and "Karl" and "Carl" are fairly common individual names.

The well-known Karl Marx would have been 46 years old in 1864, which is a bit old for fighting on the front lines. He was also resident in London at the time, and had lost his Prussian citizenship 19 years earlier.

It doesn't appear he would have been in favour of either side in the Second Schleswig War, which was essentially an disagreement over which country, both monarchies, should incorporate the Dutchy of Schleswig.

So I think the character is a use of dramatic license and a reference to the sufferings of the working classes, rather than a portrayal of Karl Marx actually taking part in the war.

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    having read a bit about his life, I doubt he would have been the right kind of person to voluntarily fight – bigbadmouse Jan 28 at 10:56

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