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The publications by Marx and Engels are among the most influential in the history of the world. Not so well known is that their archives have been preserved at the IISH since 1938. The Marx-Engels... [Event]
All of Marx’s previously unpublished economic manuscripts have now become available in the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA), the historical-critical edition of the complete writings of Karl Marx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]
Thanks to a generous grant from the German Academy of Sciences (Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften), the historical-critical edition of the complete works of Karl Marx and Friedrich... [News]
Karl Marx is omnipresent at the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. In the Central Pavilion at the Giardini, the "Das Kapital Oratorio" is being read three times a day by... [News]