Marxist Writers: Franz Mehring

Franz Mehring

1846-1919

 


Franz MehringBiography:

Originally a liberal journalist, Mehring joined the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the early 1890s. He rapidly became acknowledged as an important theoretician. In the course of time he moved to the left and became associated with the current around Rosa Luxemburg. With the outbreak of World War I he was, despite his advanced years, a prominent member of the revolutionary opposition to the war along with Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht and Clara Zetkin. He was a founder member of the German Communist Party established on New Years Day 1919, but died later in the month shortly after the murder of his comrades Luxemburg and Liebknecht.

Works:

The Origins of German Middle Class Culture: The Lessing Legend, 1892/1893

On Historical Materialism, 1893

Aesthetical Raids (Excerpts), 1899

Ibsen’s Greatness and Limitations, 1900

Frederick Engels, 1906

Obituary of Friedrich Sorge, 1906

Review of Hermann Schlüter’s The Beginnings of the German Labor Movement in America, 1907

Philosophy and Philosophizing, 1909

Absolutism and Revolution in Germany (1525–1848), 1910

Anglo-German Relations, 1911

Charles Dickens, 1912

Our Old Masters and Their Modern Substitutes, 1917

Preface to Marx’s The Divine Right of the Hohenzollern, 1918

Socialist Divisions in Germany, 1918

Karl Marx: The Story of His Life, 1918

An Unusual Friendship, 1919

 


Further reading:

Marx/Engels Internet Archive
Rosa Luxemburg Internet Archive
Marxism and Culture Section
Eleanor Marx Aveling Archive



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