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As young men, Marx and Engels came out of the German philosophical tradition. They were at this time groping their way to becoming revolutionary activists. In 1845 Marx and Engels set out their revolutionary world view for the first time in a book, The German Ideology, that settled accounts with the Hegelian tradition from which they had just emerged. It points the way to the clear language of the Communist Manifesto, published in 1848 and addressed to the workers of the world.