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Henry George and Europe: Precursors of Land Reform in Germany: Marx and the Land Question; The Beginnings of the Georgist Movement in the Empire

Michael Silagi and Susan N. Faulkner
The American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Vol. 51, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 247-256
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3487397
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Henry George and Europe: Precursors of Land Reform in Germany: Marx and the Land Question; The Beginnings of the Georgist Movement in the Empire
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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 Liebknecht 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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