First International

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the attempt in the mid-1860s to bring together a range of leftwing groups across the world

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fell apart because of a conflict between those who followed Karl Marx and argued that taking over government and seizing state power are central to building communism and the anarchists who sided with Mikhail Bakunin and his belief that revolution could only come about by building the desired future society in the present.

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It was precisely a disagreement over forming political parties (and the associated strategy of seizing state power) that caused the split in the First International between the Marxists and the anarchists.

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