26 April, 6.30pm, German Historical Institute

Prof. Gareth Stedman-Jones (Queen Mary, University of London)

Fathers and sons: Heinrich and Karl’s contrasting conceptions of the French Revolution

The European Leo Baeck Lecture Series is organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt am Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

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In his lecture Gareth Stedman Jones will discuss the biography of Heinrich Marx, Karl Marx’s father. He will examine his relation with the French Revolution, Napoleon and the Prussian takeover of the Rhineland and then contrast his experience at the end with that of his son. He suggests that father and son represent a contrast between two different views of the French Revolution, that of 1789 (emancipation in a liberal sense) and 1792 (Rousseau, the Republic and the disappearance of all special routes).

Professor Gareth Stedman Jones joined Queen Mary, University of London in 2010; where he is Professor of the History of Ideas. He has been, since 1991, Director of the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge. His publications include the books An End to Poverty? (2004); Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (2002); Religion and the Political Imagination, co-edited with Ira Katznelson (2010). He has in addition recently co-edited with Gregory Claeys the Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (2011).

Lectures are held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ.

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Lectures will begin promptly at 6.30pm. Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).