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
  • Capital of the New World

Artists and intellectuals, freethinkers and revolutionaries

Cafe in Paris, Middle 19th Century
Pariser Cafe, Mitte 19. Jahrhundert

In 1843, France is among the freest countries in Europe. Paris is a refuge for hundreds of intellectuals, political activists and artists.

It is here that thinkers such as Pierre Leroux, Victor Considerant and Etienne Cabet develop their ideas about socialist societies.

Pierre Joseph Proudhon is also at home here, well known for three years on account of his “Property is Theft”.

Here citizens join forces, inspired by the ideas of Charles Fourier, to form “Phalansterias” – communities in which production, living and love is organised cooperatively.

It is where George Sand, wearing men’s attire and with a cigarette in hand, fights for women’s inclusion in the economy and in society, where Victor Hugo revolutionises the theatre, and Honoré de Balzac und Charles Baudelaire revolutionise literature.