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Autograph manuscript leaf of notes on the Polish question, taken from the notebook labelled "Exzerpte. Heft No 2".
[London, 1863]. - 4to (202 × 166 mm). 2 pp. (numbered 51 and 155) on a sheet of blue paper removed from a notebook, watermarked Chartham Mills Fine. 32 and 28 lines. Preserved in a custom-made chemise. Marx's research notes towards a planned joint publication with Engels following the uprising in the Russian part of Poland in January 1863. "When in 1863 the January uprising broke out in the Russian part of Poland and a Prussian intervention on the side of the Tsar with the Russo-Prussian Alvensleben Convention (February 8th) appeared probable, Karl Marx saw a new era of European revolutions opened and a statement necessary. He and Friedrich Engels planned to write a manifesto on behalf of the London based German émigré Bildungsgesellschaft für Arbeiter as well as a more comprehensive and elaborate pamphlet to be titled ‘Deutschland & Polen. Polit[isch]. milit[ärische]. Betrachtungen bei Gelegenheit des polnischen Aufstands von 1863'" (Götz Langkau, IISG). Though ultimately abandoned due to poor health and, implicitly, the waning revolutionary prospects of the insurrection, Marx spent the early months of 1863 filling a notebook with extracts from the daily press, and two exercise books with extracts and notes from a variety of diplomatic sources, historical surveys and political pamphlets covering Polish-Prussian-Russian relations from the early 18th century, and various drafts of the intended historical survey, more or less elaborated and covering mainly events of the 18th century up to the Congress of Vienna. The present leaf, removed from the second exercise book headed "Exzerpte, Heft No 2 (Politischer, nicht zum Heft gehöriger Dreck)", approximately 750 words in length, contains notes about Russia’s German policy between Austerlitz and the Vienna congress. - Final line of page 51 very slightly smudged, the inner edge of the leaf unevenly trimmed, in very good condition. We are indebted to Götz Langkau of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam for his report on this leaf, available upon request. Published, from a photocopy held by the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History, in: Beiträge zur Geschichte der polnischen Frage (Manuskripte aus den Jahren 1863-1864), Warsaw, 1986, pp. 870-875, in parallel German and Polish text. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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