Marx as a Migrant – A digital narrative

Karl Marx lived a long life as a migrant. Fleeing from the Prussian state, censorship and possible arrest, important stops on his journey were Paris, Brussels and London. These cities shaped his political activities, his engagement with political fellow-travellers, as well as his intellectual development and thus his entire work.

At the click of a mouse, you can follow Marx as a migrant from city to city. You can not only immerse yourself in his time, but also discover that even today, traces of his life and work continue to be seen in Paris, Brussels and London.

Each station takes about 45 minutes.


Marx as a Migrant

  • London
  • Breakup with Willich and Schapper

Conflict with August Willich and Karl Schapper

Shortly afterward, conflicts break out in the Communist League and the Workers’ Education Association. Under dispute is whether a new revolution is imminent, and if so, how soon it will be. Should the workers join forces for this with the bourgeois democrats? Should they seize power themselves? And if not, what should be done until the next revolution? And by whom?

Two camps form: one around Marx, and one around Karl Schapper and August Willich. In September 1850, Karl Marx breaks with them. The Communist League splits. Marx and his followers, including Friedrich Engels and Wilhelm Liebknecht, leave the German Workers' Association.