The German Revolution, 1917-1923 (Historical Materialism Books (Haymarket Books))

“Broué permits us to consider that we're really dwelling via those epoch-making events…. [D]o no longer leave out this awesome work.”—Robert Brenner, UCLA

A magisterial, definitive account of the upheavals in Germany within the wake of the Russian revolution. Broué meticulously reconstitutes six decisive years, 1917-23, of social struggles in Germany. the implications of the defeat of the German revolution had profound effects for the world.

Pierre Broué (1926-2005) was once for a few years Professor of up to date heritage on the Institut d’études politiques in Grenoble and used to be a global well known professional at the communist and foreign employees’ movements.

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Two times imprisoned and two times sentenced, he used to be the soul of the resistance to the antisocialist legislation within the final 3rd of the 19th century, the sufferer builder, the broad-shouldered fighter who tirelessly recruited, knowledgeable and confident crowds of employees, via his reliable arguments and his calm confidence within the fight, that they need to take their future into their very own palms. Fourteen years more youthful than Bebel was once the Austrian, Karl Kautsky, born in 1854. He embodied the highbrow ambition of scientific socialism. by means of the facet of Bebel the practitioner, he was once the theoretician, the student, who gave transparent counsel to the celebration and the hundreds alike. In Switzerland, he had edited the Sozialdemokrat, which activists dispensed clandestinely in Germany on the time of Bismarck’s anti-socialist unprecedented legislation. He was once a pal and disciple of Engels, and endured within the columns of Die Neue Zeit, the Party’s theoretical magazine, the paintings of the founders of scientific socialism. His adversaries known as him the ‘Pope’ of social democracy, and acknowledged that he claimed to be infallible. in actual fact that his authority used to be massive and his status enormous. He the agile mind of a firm arm. a brand new universe In 40 years, regardless of persecution and prosecutions, the German Social Democrats succeeded in establishing the employees in each field, no longer in basic terms in recognize of political motion in each shape, but in addition in recognize of temporary calls for, and the organization of the employees’ hobbies, schooling and tradition. The activists of the SPD supplied the operating classification with a true setting up framework. They have been the Vertrauensmänner, the relied on representatives of the celebration within the localities or the places of work, trade-union delegates, and elected officials of alternate unions, cooperatives and mass businesses in any respect degrees. in the country and towards it, the fans of Marx and Engels developed a celebration so strong that it shaped a true nation in the nation. The SPD had 1,085,905 individuals in 1914. within the legislative elections in 1912, its applicants amassed greater than 4,250,000 votes. The exchange unions which it had introduced into life, and for which it supplied the management, had over million individuals and an annual source of revenue of 88 million marks. round it, its activists knew find out how to construct a vast community of parallel businesses; those organised at diversified degrees approximately all wage-earners, and prolonged into each sphere of social existence: institutions of socialist girls, the adolescence flow, Social Democracy prior to 1914 • 15 people’s universities, libraries and interpreting societies, relaxation businesses and open-air routine, publishing homes, newspapers, journals and magazines. This edifice rested upon the forged framework of a reliable, efficient administrative and technical equipment, skilled in smooth equipment of administration and propaganda. On its ninety day-by-day papers, the celebration hired 267 full-time newshounds and 3,000 guide and clerical staff, managers, advertisement administrators and representatives.

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