Another Look at Eleanor Marx

Another Look at Eleanor Marx, one of  three lectures  headlined
Radical to Revolutionary Women in the 19th century

Dr Laura Schwartz on Mrs Harriet Law
Marie Terrier on Annie Besant
Deborah Lavin on Eleanor Marx

Hosted by the Socialist History society on 9th November 2011 at 7pm
Venue Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate,
London EC2M 4QH





BRADLAUGH contra MARX radicalism vs socialism in the First International

A look at the  battle for working class support waged between 19th century anti-socialist radicalism and socialism,  not only within the International Workingmen’s Association  (IWMA) where “moderate” trades unionists like George Odger and Randall Cremer opposed Karl Marx’s ideas and interventions, but outside the IWMA, where addressing crowds of over a thousand , the leading radical orator Charles Bradlaugh ( and ally of Odger and Cremer)  launched an all out attack on Karl Marx  for the support he gave to the  Commune of Paris in his June 1871 IWMA pamphlet “The Civil War in France” . Arguably Bradlaugh’s co-ordinated campaign against Marx  was a major factor  in the demise of the IWMA just a year later.

The talk launches the Socialist History Society’s Occasional Pamphlet number 28, Bradlaugh Contra Marx, Radicalism vs Socialism in the First International

Thursday 7pm June 10th 2010
The Library at Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH



The Commune of Paris in Camden

During the Commune of Paris, the General Council of the International Working’s Men’s Association met at 256 High Holborn, upstairs above Edward Truelove’s radical bookshop and printing press.  Truelove printed Karl Marx’s  defense of the Commune and Communards,”The Civil War in France”, which precipitated  the last great row on the General Council between the socialists headed  by Karl Marx and radical  trades unionists headed by the now forgotten George Odger

Marx lived in Kentish Town, Odger in St Giles so this ideological battle over the  future of the left, reformist or revolutionary was a Camden fight.

Thursday 9th October 2014 at 7.15

Camden Studies  and Archives Centre
2nd floor, Holborn Library
32-38 Theobalds Rd,
London WC1X 8PA



Rogue Brother, Rogue Comrade – The importance of being Dr Edward Aveling

Bigger das kapital

Dr Edward Aveling  lived with Karl Marx’s daughter, Eleanor for fifteen years . He co-translating the first English edition of  das Kapital; with  with William Morris he set Socialist League in 1884 and he sat  on the first executive  of Keir Hardie’s Independent Labour Party.
Yet his unexplained role in Eleanor’s unsavoury death has made him an historical non-person, who no-one wants to talk about.

This talks looks at Deborah’s preliminary research as she embarks on the daunting task of a writing a biography of a man, who has not only been written out of history, but who  destroyed all his own papers, (as well as Eleanor’s carefully kept archive). While everyone  who knew him minimized their relationship with him, (or denied it altogether) and George Bernard Shaw quipped that “no man can be as bad as Aveling looks”, yet Deborah’s early l research  shows that he was far worse.

Talk given on December 8th 2007 at
Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH