Stalin and German Communism

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Transaction Publishers, 1948 - Political Science - 687 pages

Through her long involvement in the German Communist party, Ruth Fischer amassed valuable material on its changing fortunes, the transformation of the Bolshevik party into a totalitarian dictatorship, and the degeneration of the Comintern. Drawing on this material and on her own vivid recollections, Fischer reconstructs the history of the German Communist party from 1918 to 1929. First published in 1948, this fundamental work opened up the study of the inner organizational life of a major revolutionary movement. In his introduction to the Social Science Classics edition, John Leggett reviews and summarizes the social, political, and economic issues and events that precipitated the revolution and those factors that contributed to its failure.

 

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Contents

Resistance to the First World
13
BrestLitovsk
33
The Maximum Expansion of the Central Powers after
38
Germany 1918
55
Years of Civil War 19191920
88
The KappLuttwitz Putsch
117
The Road to the New Economic Policy
148
The United Communist Party
171
THE COMMUNIST UPRISING OF 1923
289
Preparation for the Uprising
305
Dresden Hamburg Munich
329
Effects of the German Defeat on the Russian Party
348
THE PERIOD OF TRANSFORMATION
385
The Hindenburg Election
412
Stalins Intervention in German Communist Affairs
432
Russias Foreign Policy versus the Comintern
456

The Reparations Crisis
189
The RhineRuhr March 1923 290
194
Karl Radek
201
Communist Convention at Leipzig
219
Struggle for Succession in the Russian Party
233
Occupation of the Ruhr
252
The Schlageter Policy
267
Socialism in One Country
471
THE STATE PARTY IS INSTALLED
497
The Reichswehr and the Red Army
515
The Defeat of the Bloc
573
Agitation and Propaganda
606
Summary and Conclusion
629

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