Did They Read Marx? Marx Reception and Social Democratic Party Members in Imperial Germany, 1890–1914

Bonnell, Andrew G. (2002) Did They Read Marx? Marx Reception and Social Democratic Party Members in Imperial Germany, 1890–1914. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 48 1: 4-15. doi:10.1111/1467-8497.00248


Author Bonnell, Andrew G.
Title Did They Read Marx? Marx Reception and Social Democratic Party Members in Imperial Germany, 1890–1914
Journal name Australian Journal of Politics & History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9522
1467-8497
Publication date 2002-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8497.00248
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 15
Total pages 12
Place of publication United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 2203 Philosophy
21 History and Archaeology
Abstract Did rank-and-file members of the German Social Democratic party before 1914 bother to read Marx? A number of studies of borrowing from trade union and other workers' libraries since the 1970s have indicated that workers who read Marx were rare, although this does not mean that workers' reading habits were not influenced by socialist ideas. However, for a broader understanding of the reception of Marx's writings among rank-and-file German socialists, it is necessary to consider not only books, but the pamphlet literature produced by the SPD in huge quantities, serialisations and other treatments in the party press, and oral communication. When the full range of sources is considered, the extent of the reception of Marx's writings, albeit often in very simplified forms, can be more fully appreciated.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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