L'Alliance de la démocratie socialiste et l'Association internationale des travailleurs. Rapport et documents publiés par ordre du Congrès international de la Haye.
Karl Marx - Alliance Pamphlet

L'Alliance de la démocratie socialiste et l'Association internationale des travailleurs. Rapport et documents publiés par ordre du Congrès international de la Haye.

Londres [London]; Hambourg [Hamburg]: A. Darson; Otto Meissner, 1873. First edition. The original printed wrappers bound into later half cloth. (4), 137, (1) p. Old, faint collection stamps on wrappers and title page. The front wrapper, and first leaf with traces of creasing. Wrappers and first and last two leaves dusted. A stain at the upper corner of the first four leaves, one leaf with a whole due to the stain, which only affects the margin. Overall in very good condition.

A scarce copy of the renowned Alliance Pamphlet, whose conclusion was written by Karl Marx.

This report, the so-called Alliance Pamphlet is a collection of documents and writings related to the International Alliance of Socialist Democracy, written, compiled, and edited by Friedrich Engels, Paul Lafargue and Karl Marx.

The Alliance was a semi-secret, subgroup of the International Workingmen's Association (IWA; First International) founded and led by Mikhail Bakunin, the Russian revolutionary anarchist. The International sought to extrude the sectarian Alliance from the organization since its establishment in late 1868. Eventually, at the Hague Congress 1872, the leaders of the International exposed the public and clandestine activities of the group and expelled its chief leaders, Bakunin and James Guillaume from the IWA. The Congress appointed a committee which included Marx, Engles, and Lafargue to edit and publish the documents related to the Alliance. “The bulk of the work involved in the collection of additional material, its comparison and analysis was carried out by Engels and Paul Lafargue. The concluding part of the pamphlet was written by Marx” (see Collected Works 44. p. 665, note 623.). In his letter, dated on 26 July 1873 to Adolph Sorge, Engels wrote: “Lafargue and I wrote it [i.e. the Pamphlet] together; only the conclusion is by Marx and myself”. (Collected Works 44. p. 521.) The book appeared in French, in the fall of 1873, and soon it was translated into German under a somewhat more tendentious title “Ein Complot gegen die Internationale Arbeiter-Association”.

Bibl.: The Collected Works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The Collected Works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Letters 1844–1895. Volume 44. Charlottesville, Va.: InteLex Corporation, 2001. Rubel 726.; Stammhammer I, 3.

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