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In well-informed circles, Max Nettlau was known as the 'Herodotus of Anarchy', the first and greatest historian of the anarchist movement. The name of the International Institute of Social History (... [Image gallery]
The archive of publishing house Allert de Lange traversed the world, just as did the German language writers-in-exile who shaped it and make it such interesting reading now. In 1940 it was... [Image gallery]
The IISH collections on Germany and German speaking countries in Central Europe cover the period beginning with the democratic revolutionary movements and early workers' organizations around 1840 to... [Collection guide]
The Institute received an extraordinary supplement to the archives of Robert Danneberg (1885-1942). Danneberg was an important man in the Austrian and International socialist movement. On the day of... [Collection highlight]
As a young woman, Martha Tausk was among the female champions of socialism in Austria. From 1919 to 1927, she served on both the Graz city council and in the Styrian Parliament as a social democrat.... [Collection highlight]
During the four decades of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia a vast literature on working-class movements has been produced but it has hardly any value for today’s scholarship. This remarkable... [Publication]
Fin-de-Siécle Vienna has become the glorified icon of innovative modernism in the arts and letters. Yet the misery of the masses in the suburbs stood in stark contrast to the urban social order of... [Publication]
The national hero of Hungary Lajos Kossuth had this picture made when he was ninety years old on 13 December 1892 in studio Schemboche in Turin. Kossuth (1802-1894) spent the last years of his life... [Item of the Day]
The Viennese satirical magazine Neue Glühlichter (New Glow Lamps), started in 1889 as Glühlichter, portrayed the problem of the yellow trade unions in its issue of May 19, 1909. Unlike the red trade... [Item of the Day]
Comic books such as Tintin, Asterix and Obelix and Suske and Wiske (Willy and Wanda) were very popular in the 70s and 80s in Western Europe. Political action groups took advantage of this popularity... [Item of the Day]