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

In 1871, Michael Bakunin recalls his relationship to Karl Marx:

“We were quite good friends. At the time, Marx was further forward than I was, just as he is still incomparably more learned than I am today. (...) Although younger than me, he was already an atheist, a learned materialist and a thinking socialist. We met quite often because I greatly respected his knowledge and his serious and passionate devotion to the matter of the proletariats, even though this was always mixed with personal vanity, and I eagerly sought out conversations with him which were always instructive and intellectually stimulating, when they were not endowed with petty hatred, which was, unfortunately, all too often the case. (...) But (...) our temperaments were not suited. He called me a sentimental idealist, and he was right; I called him a perfidious and spiteful, vain man, and I was right too.”