Workshop: Transnational Approaches to the History of Socialism before World War One, 06.-07.12.2018, Leipzig

Convenor: EUROSOC, GRR-CSN Université de Rouen – région Normandie; Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University; Frankreichzentrum, Leipzig University

This workshop is part of a cycle of scientific meetings dedicated to the “transnational” manifestations of socialism: circulation of texts, ideas and socialist actors between different countries, cross-border work, transnational movements, socialist opinions and acting during the wars – anything that in any way goes beyond, or even erases, borders.
The workshop will begin with an introductory lecture on some general questions about the workers’ struggle, understood as a struggle in a national framework that basically aspires to become a global struggle. Then the first panel gives the opportunity to follow the work of individual actors, who relate the socialism of different countries, either through their trajectories (Kròlikowski and De Paepe) or by their writings (this is the case of Labriola). The second day of the meeting focuses on these groups of men who contribute to the implantation of socialist ideas in other countries, like the European migrants in Argentina, or who open transnational debates, like the debate of the international social democracy about the European colonial expansion.


Jean-Numa Ducange (University of Rouen-Normandie), L’horizon transnational du socialisme


Introductory Lecture

Jean-Paul Tam (Diplomat, Cameroon), Comprendre le transnationalisme sous le prisme du socialisme-marxiste avant 1914


Panel I: Individual Trajectories and Actors of Transnationalism
Chair: Elisa Marcobelli (University of Rouen-Normandie)

Piotr Kuligowski (Adam-Mickiewicz University, Poznan), Early Communism in a Transnational Perspective: The Case of Ludwik Królikowski’s Political Ideas in the 1840s and 1850s

Emmanuel Jousse (Centre d’Histoire de SciencesPo, Paris), Réflexions sur l’histoire transnationale du socialisme à partir d’une approche biographique. Le cas de César De Paepe (1841-1890)

Marco Vanzulli (Bicocca University, Milan), Le marxisme de Labriola face au révisionnisme de la IIe Internationale et la question de son adhésion à l’expansion coloniale italienne


Panel II: Socialism and Borders
Chair: Steffi Marung (University of Leipzig)

Wiktor Marzec (HSE Moscow) and Risto Turunen (University of Tampere), Socialisms in the Tsarist Borderlands. Poland and Finland in a Contrastive Comparison, 1830-1907

Mohieddine Hadhri (University of Tunis), La social-démocratie européenne face à l’expansion coloniale en Afrique du nord, 1881-1914

Lucas Poy (University of Buenos Aires), Between gauchos and European migrants. The Socialist Party of Argentina in the years of the Second International, 1890-1914

Frank-Olivier Chauvin (University of Rouen-Normandie), La Révolution bolchévique à Constantinople et les socialismes français. Réseaux, imaginaires et langage révolutionnaire



Matthias Middell (University of Leipzig)



Prof. Matthias Middell