„To my dear Cacadou. Old Nick“

15 original photographs of Karl Marx.
They shape our image of him until today.


What has Marx done today?


Marxism as the ideological core of a developmental strategy emerged in Tanzania in the late 1960s as a result of a particular constellation of forces – the intension of the newly liberated country to pursue an alternative development model. This led to the promulgation of the Arusha Declaration and the TANU Guidelines of 1972. Its concentrated expression found the surge for a Tanzanian way of Socialism in the ideological battles at the University of Dar-es-Salaam.

On September 14, 1867, the Börsenblatt des deutschen Buchhandels informed the public of the publication of “Capital, Volume I: The Process of Production of Capital” by Karl Marx. Exactly 150 years later, on September 14, 2017, the New York office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung celebrated the anniversary of Marx’s magnum opus.

To celebrate the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung will be hosting a large conference. A short week will be filled with the theories, the politics and the arts that are connected to Marx’s anniversary. Call for Papers. Congress in Berlin, 3-6 May 2018

‘Marx was the best hated and most calumniated man of his time’, Engels remarked in his graveside oration, because he discovered two things that struck at the heart of capitalism. Firstly, it was neither natural nor eternal. It rests on entirely unnatural historical processes forcibly or fraudulently separating the mass of humanity from its means of production, leaving it dependent on employment by the appropriators of those means. Such a contradictory and antagonistic social order had to end.

Lenin arrived at Finland Station 100 years ago today, reshaping Bolshevik strategy and the course of the Russian Revolution.

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Numerous authors wrote forewords and afterwords for Capital and the Manifesto. They are indicative of the relative social contexts and provide evidence of the historical shifts in the reception of these works. What did these authors emphasise in their fore- and afterwords? Which readings of the texts did they produce? Which topics stood at the centre of debate at a particular moment?


Work on the Historisch Kritische Wörterbuch des Marxismus (HKWM) project began in 1983, the year of the 100th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx. In over 15 volumes including 1,500 entries, numerous authors define and explain Marxist terminology. So far, volumes 1 to 8/II have been published; some of the most important terms stem from these volumes.

The journal Historical Materialism has published some further terms in English.

Following Marx

Marxism? Think one, two, many Marxes …

"All I know is that I am not a Marxist," Karl Marx is reported to have said. He made this much quoted remark with a nod to the Marxist current developing in France at the time. We do not know what exactly Marx was distancing himself from. What is certain, however, is he could not have anticipated one thing: the extent to which, following his death, in his name, though in the form of an "ism," one of the most influential intellectual currents and political movements would spread across the entire globe – Marxism.