From radical liberals to permanent revolution: the impact of 1848 on Marx and Engels

4:30pm Saturday 18 September

About this session

August Nimtz, author of Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough will be exploring the impact of the 1848 revolutions on Marx and Engels understanding of democracy, working class revolution and the state. Marx and Engels started their political careers on the radical wing of the struggle for bourgeois democracy, through their engagement with working class struggle and the early socialist movement they theorised the exploitative class nature of even the most liberal bourgeois Republic. As the barricades went up in 1848 across Europe, they experienced firsthand the growing guld opening up between middle class liberalism and working class aspirations. This session will explore the impact of the 1848 revolutions on Marx and Engels.

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