GENIUS OF THE MODERN WORLD
THURSDAY, 9pm, BBC4
This new series retraces the lives of three great thinkers, starting with Karl Marx.
Bettany Hughes’s biography is full of personal detail but, given the wealth of correspondence, is light on the words of the man himself.
Marx was a bourgeois Prussian sent to Bonn university, where he and other middle-class boys joined a brawling tavern club.
There are insights into his medical condition and his dependence on his friend Engels.