In 1849 the young revolutionary journalist Karl Marx fled the reaction sweeping Europe in the aftermath of the 1848 revolutions, arriving with his family as exiles in London. He would remain in the city for the rest of his life. Dr Katherine Connelly explores Marx’s profound engagement with the metropolis: his experience of poverty in Soho, the political campaigns he organised, the London literature he read, the pubs he drank in – and how the city at the heart of nineteenth-century capitalism inspired Marx’s revolutionary, anti-capitalist writings.
This event is part of the ‘London Talks’ series which aims to share the stories of the people who have lived and worked in the city, bring to life the distinct characteristics and areas of the capital, and demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of the many histories of London.
Katherine Connelly is a writer, historian and campaigner. Her book, Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire, was published by Pluto Press in 2013; in the same year she co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign. Katherine has a longstanding interest in the histories, politics and social movements that have shaped modern cities, she teaches a course on the history of London, and has recently completed her PhD on Karl Marx’s use of Parisian popular culture in his writings on the French Second Republic at Queen Mary, University of London. She lives in Hackney.