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

  • Paris
  • Marx and Bakunin

Between respect and aversion: Marx and Bakunin

Paris, 14 Rue des Moulins, Summer 1844. At this time, the Russian revolutionary Michail Bakunin lived in one of Vorwärts! editorial, later in the rue de Bourgogne, not far from Karl and Jenny. Spartanly furnished, it was said – with nothing more than a camp bed, a chest and a tin beaker – he lives demonstrably in line with his rejection of any semblance of bourgeois conventionality and of all material constraints.

30 years hence a conflict will arise between him and Marx, spelling the end of the first International. At the moment, however, Bakunin is above all impressed by Marx’s intellect – the two men meet more frequently.