Lot 318: German socialist and co-founder of the Spartacist League and the Communist Party of Germany (1871-1919) who is best known for his opposition to World War I and his role in the Spartacist uprising of 1919. Rare untranslated ALS in German, one page, 5.75 x 8.75, personal letterhead, dated 1906. In fine condition, with trivial soiling and creasing, and slight tearing to punch holes along left edge. With the principal aim of exposing military exploitation of the German working class, Liebknecht collided with social democratic leader August Babel at the Mannheim Congress in mid-1906. His unsuccessful attempt consequently raised the ire of Babel, whose contempt for the 1907 pamphlet 'Militarism and Antimilitarism' led to Liebknecht's eventual year-and-a-half imprisonment. A desirable letter from the nascent stages of his political career, and just the second example we have offered.
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