Henry George and Europe:

Precursors of Land Reform in Germany; Marx and the Land Question; the Beginnings of the Georgist Movement in the Empire

Authors

  • Michael Silagi,

    1. Michael Silagi, Dr jur et phil, is a senior research fellow at the Institut fur Vokerrecht der Georg August, Universitat, Platz der Gottinger Sieben 5, Blauer Turm, D-3400 Gottingen, Germany
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  • Susan N Faulkner

    1. Michael Silagi, Dr jur et phil, is a senior research fellow at the Institut fur Vokerrecht der Georg August, Universitat, Platz der Gottinger Sieben 5, Blauer Turm, D-3400 Gottingen, Germany
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Abstract

Abstract Henry George's Progress and Poverty was translated into German and published in Germany in 1881, a little more than a year after its publication in America But it was not through George's own words that his ideas first became known there Germany already had land reformers, organized in small societies They made his teachings known However, unlike the case in Britain, Germany's leftists did not welcome George's land reform ideas True, Karl Marx recognized and wrote about the role the land question played in the exploitation of labor and in his third volume of Capital took basic positions parallel to George's, it was published long after Progress and Poverty The hostility of Wilhelm Ltebknecbt toward land reform reflected the German public's disinterest in the land question and may explain why Marx concentrated on appealing to the urban industrial worker

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