The International Workingmen's Association, 1872

Commission to Investigate
the Alliance


On September 5, the Congress nominated a Commission to investigate the Alliance of Socialist Democracy. It consisted of five people:

Chairman: Cuno (Stuttgart)
Secretaries: Lucain and Walter (France)
Members: Splingard (Belgium) and Vichard (France)

It reported to the Congress that the Alliance did exist, and its rules were contrary to the nature of the International. The Congress would resolve to expel Bakunin (24 votes for, 6 against, 7 abstentions) and Guillaume (25 for, 9 against, 8 abstentions) and voted against expelling Schwitzguebel (15 for, 16 against, 7 abstentions).

After Cuno's departure for America, and Lucain's death, the task of drawing up the final report on the Alliance fell to the commission engaged in editing the minutes of the Hague Congress -- Marx, Engels, Le Mossu, Frankel, Dupont and Serraillier. The main task was taken up by Marx and Engels, with substantial assistance from Paul Lafargue. The commission started compiling the report in April 1873 and in August in was published as the pamphlet The Alliance of Socialist Democracy and the IWMA.


Statement by José Mesa on the Alliance in Spain, Sep 1 1872

Minutes, compiled by Commission Chairman Theodor Cuno, Sep 5-6 1872

General Council Report on Alliance of Socialist Democracy, Sep 5 1872

Bureau of Foreign agents of The People's Judgment to Lyubavin, Sep 6 1872

Report of N. Utin to The Hague Congress of the IWMA, Sep 7 1872

Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Alliance Society, Sep 7 1872

Cuno's Mandate to Vichard, Sep 10 1872

A. Serraillier. Extracts from letters re Bousquet et al., Sep 23 1872

To the members of the IWMA, Oct-Nov 1872

Report of the Commission on the Alliance, Oct-Nov 1872

Statement by Paul Vichard, July 18 1873

The Alliance of Socialist Democracy and the IWMA, August 1873