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
  • Studies at the British Museum

Studying at the British Museum Library

London, British Museum Library, early 1855 – One of the largest libraries in the world. There are around half a million books here, and the inventory is constantly growing. According to the copyright acts in place at the time, for every work that is published in Great Britain a copy must be deposited with the Library.

Karl Marx has had a user’s pass for the reading room since June 1850. He comes here almost daily, reads all the issues of “The Economist”, daily newspapers, periodicals and the “Blue Books”, the British parliament’s official reports and statistics about everything deemed politically relevant in Great Britain.