Communist Manifesto
(1,112 words)

1. Historical background

At a congress in London in June of 1847, the “League of the Just,” a European socialist-communist secret society with its headquarters in London and an extensive network, reorganized itself as a new “Communist League” (Ligue des communistes[1]. The new League wanted to break with its tradition as a conspiratorial utopian association (Society [association]) of Gemeinden (“communes,” but also “congregations”) – the term still suggests the old Chris…

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Schrader, Fred E., “Communist Manifesto”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023667>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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