Korsch’s Early Years

  • Patrick Goode


Karl Korsch was born on 15 August 1886 in Tostedt on the Lüneberg Heath.1 Like many other Marxist intellectuals, he came from a family upwardly mobile from the lower middle class. Originally his father was from a farming background, but by hard work he rose to be the vice-president of a bank in Meiningen, where Korsch went to grammar school (Gymnasium).2 After taking his Abitur, he began to make the rounds of the universities in the normal fashion of German students of that period. He spent most of his time at Jena, but visited Geneva and Berlin, and also had one term in Munich.3


Grammar School Lower Middle Class German Student Socialist Movement Philosophical Aspect 
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  1. 22.
    A. M. McBriar, Fabian Socialism and English Politics, 1884–1918, p. 166. The Nursery was founded in 1906 (p. 182).Google Scholar
  2. 27.
    Letter to J. A. Dawson, Southern Advocate of Workers’ Councils, July-August 1948. In E. Gerlach and J. Seifert (eds), Karl Korsch, Politische Texte, p. 388.Google Scholar
  3. 33.
    Korsch, ‘Die Freiheit in England’, Die Tat (1913), p. 670.Google Scholar
  4. 37.
    Korsch, ‘Die Technik der öffentlichen Debatte in England’, Die Tat (1973), pp. 714, 716.Google Scholar
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    Korsch, ‘Vom englischen Zeitungswesen’, Die Tat (1913), p. 462.Google Scholar
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    Korsch, ‘Das Examen als politisches Problem’, Die Tat (1913), p. 771.Google Scholar
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    Korsch, ‘Rassenhygiene und Volksgesundheit’. Die Tat (1913), p. 760.Google Scholar
  8. 44.
    Ibid., p. 3. See this passage in Korsch, ‘Die sozialistische Formel für die Organisation der Volkswirtschaft’, Die Tat (1912), p. 508.Google Scholar

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