Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

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All of Marx’s previously unpublished economic manuscripts have now become available in the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA), the historical-critical edition of the complete writings of Karl Marx and... [Event]
Spui25, in samenwerking met het Instituut voor Cultuur en GeschiedenisHet communisme heeft zijn failliet bewezen en het kapitalisme heeft moeite zich op een sociaal aanvaardbare manier overeind te... [Event]
The first political piece that Karl Marx (age 24) wrote after his dissertation was a polemic against censorship in the spring of 1841. The Zensurinstruktion proclaimed by the Prussian government on... [Image gallery]
Das Kapital  endured a turbulent journey before arriving safely at the International Institute of Social History in 1938. It all began in the British Museum, where Marx took the notes for his... [Collection highlight]
In February 2008 a large ancient metal crate arrived from Belgium full of papers dealing with the Fourth International and Ernest Mandel. Ernest Mandel's papers had been deposited at the Institute... [Collection highlight]
The IISH now has a thousand inventories available online. The serial number 1000 has been reserved for the Institute's best known and most frequently researched archival collection, the Marx-Engels... [Collection highlight]
In 1938, the Marxist theoretician Karl Kautsky and his wife Luise deposited their enormous archive at the IISH. It survived the war sheltered in the institute's British section. In the fifties, when... [Collection highlight]
Haymarket Books published a new paperback edition of Beyond Marx. Theorising the Global Labour Relations of the 21st Century, edited by IISH former Director of Research Marcel van der Linden and Karl... [News]
In June 2013, the only surviving handwritten page of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto (1848) and the first edition of volume I of Das Kapital (1867), with the author’s handwritten corrections in the... [News]
Traditional labour history focuses at just one segment of workers: wage earners in industry, agriculture, mining and transport. Other segments, however, like domestic servants, soldiers, housewives... [News]