Marxists Internet Archive

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Marxists Internet Archive (also known as MIA or Marxists.org) is a volunteer based non-profit organization that maintains a multi-lingual Internet archive of Marxist writers and other similar authors (socialists, anarchists, etc.). Established in 1990, the archive is currently among the largest producers of digital texts by Marxist authors in the world.

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Origins

The archive was created in 1990 by a person known only by his Internet nickname, Zodiac — started archiving Marxism by transcribing the works of Marx and Engels into E-Text. In 1993 the accumulated text was posted on a website for the first time. Volunteers joined and helped spread and mirror the main archive. However, the main website and its mirrors were hosted on academic servers and by the end of 1995 almost all had been shut down.

By 1996 the website, Marx.org, was hosted on a commercial internet service provider. This was followed by an increased activity from the volunteers. In the following years, however, a conflict developed between the volunteers working on the website and Zodiac, who retained control of the project and domain name. As the scope of the archive expanded, Zodiac feared that the opening toward diverse currents of Marxism was a...
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