Emigres, recluses, enemies of the state. How Marx, Nietzsche and Freud changed the world.

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The 19th century was a time of revolution – in politics and in ideas.

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Three great thinkers led the way – Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzche and Sigmund Freud – reimagining global economics, questioning our morality and unravelling the workings of the mind. Their quest drove them to extremes – into poverty, into madness. Their ideas would bring the world as we know it kicking and screaming into being.

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