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
  • The London Notebooks

Writing the London Notebooks

London, autumn of 1850, 28 Dean Street. Karl Marx studies contemporary English economists: John Stuart Mill, John Fullarton, Thomas Tooke, Robert Torrens – and reads Adam Smith and David Ricardo once again.

Between the quiet of the reading room and domestic chaos, by 1853 the 24 “London Notebooks” emerge. More than 1,250 pages with text excerpts, statistics, commentaries, and notes. They deal mainly with money, credit and crises – as well as literary and cultural history, foreign policy, natural science and technology.