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
  • Regular at the Pawnbroker’s

On the way to “Capital”

Between 1861 and 1863 Marx fills more than 1,500 pages with excerpts, notes, conclusions. In 1862-63 his “Theories of Surplus Value” appears: in 1859, “A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy” is published. It brings in nothing financially and Wilhelm Liebknecht is alleged to have said that never had a book disappointed him so much.

The writings are nevertheless considered an important step in research and self-reflection on the way to “Capital”. However, some years will pass before it finally appears.