| ALL POWER TO THE COUNCILS!|
A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918-1919
Edited and translated by Gabriel Kuhn
In November 1918, Imperial Germany was in turmoil. The First World War had brought millions of casualties and defeat. The Kaiser fled.
While the Social Democrats grabbed power, radicals across the country rallied to establish a socialist society under the slogan "All Power to the Councils!". The Spartacus League staged an uprising in Berlin, council republics were proclaimed in Bremen and Bavaria, and workers' revolts shook numerous German towns. The rebellions were crushed by the Social Democratic government with the help of right-wing militias like the notorious Free Corps. This paved the way to a dysfunctional Weimar Republic that witnessed the rise of the National Socialist movement.
This documentary history presents manifestos, speeches, articles, and letters from the German Revolution, introduced and annotated by the editor. Many documents are made available in English for the first time. The volume also includes appendixes portraying the Red Ruhr Army that repelled the reactionary Kapp Putsch in 1920, and the communist bandits that roamed Eastern Germany until 1921.
All Power to the Councils! provides a dynamic and vivid picture of a time with long-lasting effects for world history. A time that was both encouraging and tragic.
'This book presents a groundbreaking documentary history of the workers' councils that emerged. Included are the most fascinating speeches, articles, programmes, letters and manifestos' Socialist Review
Contents: Introduction; Wilhelmshave and Kiel; Berlin; Revolutionary Stewards; Spartacus; Brunswick; Bremen; Bavaria; Appendix I: The Ruhr Valley; Appendix II: Vogtland. Map. Bib. Index.
Paperback, xxviii, 322 pages
Published July 2012