Following the end of his formal education, Marx entered the world of journalism and began to write articles for various newspapers. After contributing to the Rheinische Zeitung, a liberal paper based in Cologne, Germany, Marx became editor-in-chief of the paper and utilized the platform to project his revolutionary and socialist-centered ideas. Shortly thereafter, Marx first met Friedrich Engels, an event of great importance and one that marked the beginning of an important friendship. The Prussian government banned the Rheinische Zeitung, and Marx was forced to resign as editor-in-chief, ending his affiliation with the newspaper.
Key Words: Journalism, Rheinische Zeitung, Friedrich Engels, Prussian government
To explore the five other eras of Marx’s life, please click on one of the following links:Childhood and Education, Exile in Paris and Brussels, 1848 Revolutionary Events and Writings, Exile in London: Before Das Kapital, and Exile in London: After Das Kapital.
*To see a visual tour of Marx’s movements throughout this era and his entire lifetime, please click on the following link to download the file and open it up in a Google Earth program: Karl Marx Tour