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

  • Brussels
  • The Communist Manifesto

Marx takes the manuscript to London to be printed in early February 1848. He is barely 30 years old, and lives with his wife, maid, and three young children in a squalid house in Brussels suburb. He heads the Brussels Communist League with its 20 or so members. He is stateless and in financial difficulty. He will not live long enough to see this text become one of the most widely-read works of political literature in the world.