The German Revolution, 1917-1923

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Haymarket Books, 2006 - History - 991 pages
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“Broué enables us to feel that we are actually living through these epoch-making events…. [D]o not miss this magnificent work.”—Robert Brenner, UCLA

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

Pierre Broué (1926-2005) was for many years Professor of Contemporary History at the Institut d'études politiques in Grenoble and was a world renowned specialist on the communist and international workers' movements.

 

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Contents

The Battlefield
1
Social Democracy Before 1914
11
The Lefts in German Social Democracy
27
FROM WAR TO REVOLUTION THE VICTORY AND DEFEAT OF ULTRALEFTISM
41
The War and the Crisis of Social Democracy
43
The Foundation of the Independent SocialDemocratic Party
73
The Rise of the Revolutionary Movement
89
Problems of the World Revolution
111
The Moscow Compromise
527
FROM THE CONQUEST OF THE MASSES TO A DEFEAT WITHOUT A FIGHT
553
Unity Preserved With Difficulty
555
A New Start
585
The Rapallo Turn
599
For the United Front Against Poverty and Reaction
607
The Mass Communist Party
627
The Workers Government
647

The November Revolution
129
The Period of Dual Power
157
The Crisis in the Socialist Movement
189
The Foundation of the Communist Party of Germany
209
The Uprising of January 1919
227
THE ATTEMPT TO DEFINE THE ROLE OF A COMMUNIST PARTY
259
The Noske Period
261
Stabilisation in Germany and World Revolution
285
The Communist Party After January 1919
299
The UltraLeft Opposition and the Split
323
The Problem of Centrism
333
The Kapp Putsch
349
The Communist Party at the Crossroads
381
Moscow and the German Revolutionaries
393
The Great Hopes of 1920
421
Paul Levi A German Conception of Communism
449
The First Steps of the Unified Communist Party
459
The Split in the Italian Socialist Party
475
The March Action
491
The Aftermath of a Defeat
505
The Development of the Tactic
665
The Occupation of the Ruhr
685
Crisis in the KPD
699
An Unprecedented PreRevolutionary Situation
709
The Overthrow of the Cuno Government
733
Preparing the Insurrection
755
Moscows View of the German Revolution
779
The German October
791
Aftermath of Another Defeat
817
AN UNDERTAKING CONDEMNED BY HISTORY?
837
History and Politics
839
Grafting Bolshevism onto German Stock
851
Paul Levi The Lost Opportunity?
875
Karl RadekThe Confusion of Styles?
889
Balance Sheet of a Defeat
899
Chronology
913
Bibliography
935
Biographical Details
959
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Pierre Broué (1926-2005) was for many years Professor of Contemporary History at the Institut d'études politiques in Grenoble. A world renowned specialist of the communist and international workers' movements, he is the editor of Leon Trotsky's writings in French. Eric D. Weitz is a professor of German History at the University of Minnesota. He is the author, most recently, of A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (Princeton University Press)

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