Street fights between government troops and revolutionary guards in Berlin, in September 1919. Date: 3 September 1919. Source: From an ebay auction. Photo: Not stated, stamped as Internal News Photos Copyright, not among Corbis website pictures. Public Domain.
Street fights between government troops and revolutionary guards in Berlin, in September 1919. Date: 3 September 1919. Source: From an ebay auction. Photo: Not stated, stamped as Internal News Photos Copyright, not among Corbis website pictures. Public Domain.

Emneliste om den tyske revolution: Arbejderopstanden, der brød ud efter 1. verdenskrig og endte med at blive nedkæmpet af Det tyske Socialdemokrati i alliance med reaktionære halvfascistiske militser. Det endte med likvideringer af flere hundrede arbejdere og flere af deres ledere bla. Rosa Luxemburg og Karl Liebknecht.


 

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1918-1923

Revolutionen der kunne have ændret verdens gang (Socialistisk Revy, nr.13, marts/april 1999; online på Socialister.dk). “Tyskland 1918-23 var præget af revolutionære tilstande. Charlie Lywood skriver her, at var revolutionen lykkedes, ville verden have set meget anderledes ud i dag.”

Den tabte revolution: Tyskland 1918-23. Af Charlie Lywood (Internationale Socialisters Forlag, 1997, 58 sider; online på Marxisme.dk). “Revolutioner, der tabes, bliver hurtigt glemt. Men netop den revolutionære periode i Tyskland, som fulgte i kølvandet på første verdenskrig, er værd at huske.”

The revolution that could have changed world history. By Axel Fair-Schulz (International Socialist Review, Issue 111, Winter 2018-19). Review of Chris Harman, The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918–1923 (Haymarket Books, 2017, 346 p.): “[The book] remains the single best introductory book in English on the German Revolution of 1918–1923. First published in 1982, it has lost nothing of its clarity, focus, and poignancy …”

Triumph, disarray, and defeat: German workers 1918–1933. By John Riddell (International Socialist Review, Issue 98, Fall 2015). Review of Ben Fowkes (ed.), The German Left and the Weimar Republic: A Selection of Documents (Haymarket Books, 2015, 400 p.). “Socialist historian Ben Fowkes has given us a unique and vivid text documentary of the German workers’ movement during the tumultuous years of its greatest influence, from November 1918 to its defeat by Nazism fifteen years later.”

Germany, 1918-1923: the fire and the spirit of revolution (Links: Journal of Socialist Renewal, March 3, 2015). With video talk (1:25:18 min.). “Communist historian Doug Enaa Greene lectures on the course of the revolution and the reasons why it didn’t succeed.”

Spartacism, Bolshevism and ultra-Leftism in face of the problems of the proletarian revolution in Germany (1918–1923). By Pierre Broué (Revolutionary History, Vol.9, No.4, 2008, p.108–118; online at Marxists Internet Archive). “… the very fact that the revolution – the world revolution – did not triumph in Germany itself, became a major fact of capital importance, at least in the history of Communism.”

When history failed to turn. By Neil Davidson (International Socialism, Issue 108, Autumn 2005). Review of Pierre Broué, The German Revolution, 1917-1923 (Brill, 2005, 991 p./Haymarket Books, 2006). “Broué does full justice to the importance of his subject. This is a work conceived on an epic scale, comprising 900 pages of carefully researched text, plus a chronological table and biographical notes.” See book extract (Marxists Internet Archive) + the whole book online at Libcom.org (pdf).
See more reviews:
Party and class in revolutionary crises. By Charlie Post (Against the Current, No.150, January-February 2011)
Review by Todd Chretien (International Socialist Review, Issue 50, November–December 2006) + Part 2 (Issue 52, March–April 2007)
Review by Mike Jones (Revolutionary History, Vol.9, No.3, 2006)

Theme: Germany 1918–23: From the November Revolution to the failed October (Revolutionary History, Vol.5, No.2, Spring 1994, p.1-144; online at Marxists Internet Archive). “Controversy continues to rage over the dramatic events surrounding the birth of the Weimar Republic. Was this series of events a failed revolutionary opportunity?”

Germany: From revolution to counter-revolution (Fortress Books, 1988, 93 p.; online at Marxist.com). “Rob Sewell gives a picture of the tumultous events – the 1918 revolution, the collapse of the Kaiser’s regime, the short- lived Bavarian Soviet Republic, the Kapp putsch in 1920, the French occupation of the Ruhr in 1923 and the ensuing revolutionary upheavals culminating in the abortive Hamburg uprising, finally Hitler’s rise to power in 1929-33.”

Why the German revolution failed. By Walter Held (Fourth International, Vol.3, No.12, December 1942 + Vol.4, No.1, January 1943; online at What Next!/Internet Archive WayBackMachine). “This article is published with the aim of stimulating discussion about the history of the early Communist International and the lessons it holds for revolutionaries today.”

… And Red Is The Colour Of Our Flag. By Oskar Hippe (Index Books, 1991; online at Marxists Internet Archive). Selected chapters from the book; Memoires: Revolution in Russia, Upheaval in Germany – After The November Uprising – Proletarian Battalions – 1923.

Novemberrevolution 1918 in Berlin. Ein Lastauto, mit revolutionären Matrosen und Soldaten besetzt, fährt durch das Brandenburger Tor, Berlin. 9.11.1918, Photographer:Unknown. Institution: German Federal Archives Link back to Institution infobox template. Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst - Zentralbild (Bild 183).(CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)
Novemberrevolution 1918 in Berlin. Ein Lastauto, mit revolutionären Matrosen und Soldaten besetzt, fährt durch das Brandenburger Tor, Berlin. 9.11.1918, Photographer:Unknown. Institution: German Federal Archives Link back to Institution infobox template. Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst – Zentralbild (Bild 183).(CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

1918

Kejserens fald og løftet om revolution. Af Axel Fair-Schulz (Socialistisk Information, 2. december 2018). “Den 9. november markerer 100-året for afsættelsen af Tyskland monark, Wilhelm II. Hans abdikation var kulminationen på en opstand nedefra mod krig og fattigdom, tilsvarende den russiske revolution året før …”

Fremad uden at glemme: Den tyske revolution 1918-19. Af Marie Frederiksen (Revolution, 27. januar 2009). “Den tyske revolution er en af de vigtigste begivenheder i verdenshistorien.”

Revolution i Tyskland. Af David Müller (Socialistisk Information, 13. november 2008). “Historien om en ung, kæmpende venstrefløjs dyrekøbte erfaringer med sekterisme og enhedsfront.”

Tyskland: fra revolution til kontrarevolution, del 1. Af Ditte Lysgaard (Revolution, 7. februar 2006) + del 2 (3. april 2006) + Opstanden i Berlin, del 3. Af Frederik Ohsten (12. juni 2006)

Den tyske arbejderbevægelse og Novemberrevolutionen 1918. Af David Helin (Solidaritet, nr. 2, 1997) (Online på WayBackMachine). “I denne artikel vil jeg … beskrive udviklingen i den tyske arbejderbevægelse frem til 1. Verdenskrig, forholdene under krigen samt Novemberrevolutionen 1918.”

Røde Fane – Teaterprogram: “Orden hersker i Berlin”. Program for Fiolteatrets stykke: “Orden hersker i Berlin”, oktober 1970, 8 A4-sider. Med artikler af bl.a. Claus Bryld og Hanne Reintoft. Online på Socialistisk Bibliotek.

Revolutionen i Tyskland – 1918/19 (Perbenny.dk)

In English:

The German Revolution of 1918 (In Defence of Marxism, 12 November 2018). “Why did the revolution occur and why did it fail? Rob Sewell provides an answer to these important questions as we mark the centenary of the 1918 German Revolution.”

Red flags over Germany. By Sean Larson (Jacobin, November 9, 2018). “One hundred years ago today, radical sailors, soldiers, and workers in Germany rose up to put an end to the carnage of World War I. And the revolutionary upheaval had only just begun.”

The fall of the Kaiser and the promise of revolution. By Axel Fair-Schulz (SocialistWorker.org, November 9, 2018). “November 9 marks the 100-year anniversary of the overthrow of Germany’s monarch, Wilhelm II. His abdication was the culmination of an uprising from below against war and poverty, similar to the Russian Revolution the year before — but this time in Europe’s biggest economic and military power.”

Revolution in Germany, 1918. By Paul Hampton (Solidarity & Workers’ Liberty, Issue 485, 7 November 2018). “What began as a sailors’ revolt within weeks saw workers’ councils take charge of various German cities. A social democratic government took power amidst a situation of dual power.”

Days of hope – the 1918 German Revolution (Socialist Worker, Issue 2629, 4 November 2018). “A revolution in Germany that erupted 100 years ago this month rocked Europe’s rulers and put a socialist world on the agenda. Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at how the revolt showed the power of workers to liberate themselves—and to end bloody war.”

A People’s History of the German Revolution. By Tony Phillips (Socialist Review, Issue 440, November 2018). Review of William A Pelz’ book (Pluto Press, 2018, 208 p.). “The late Bill Pelz has written a brief and enjoyable history of the revolution up to 1920.”

German revolution: diverted and betrayed by leaders of official social democracy (Weekly Worker, Issue 1225, 1 November 2018). “In this supplement, Ben Lewis shows how the heroic actions of November 1918 were doomed by misleaders.”

November 1918: Germany’s revolutionary month. By Sally Campbell (Socialist Review, Issue 440, November 2018). “In Berlin Karl Liebknecht and Wilhelm Pieck of the revolutionary socialist Spartacist Group met with the revolutionary shop stewards to decide the date for the insurrection in the capital …”

Remember, remember the 9th of November. By Donny Gluckstein (International Socialism, Issue 160, Autumn 2018, p.153-159). “… for Marxists, it is a pivotal point of the 20th century from which there is an enormous amount to learn. Of the many key ­lessons, three stand out: reform versus revolution; the fate of Soviet Russia; and the question of workers’ councils or parliamentary democracy.”

Luxemburg, Müller and the Berlin workers’ and soldiers’ councils. By John Rose (International Socialism, Issue 147, Summer 2015, p.113-138). Review of
Ralf Hoffrogge, Working Class Politics in the German Revolution: Richard Müller, the Revolutionary Shop Stewards and the Origins of the Council Movement (Brill, 2014/Haymarket Books, 2015, 256 p.) + Ben Fowkes (ed.), The German Left and the Weimar Republic: A Selection of Documents (Brill, 2014/Haymarket Books, 2015, 399 p.). See also John Riddell’s review of Ben Fowkes: Triumph, disarray, defeat (Marxist Essays and Commentary, August 11, 2015) + William Smaldone’s review of Ralf Hoffrogge: The promise of a revolution (Against the Current, Issue 181, March-April 2016) + review by Dominic Alexander (Counterfire, April 27, 2017)
Feedback:
Was the German Revolution defeated by January 1919? By Tony Phillips (Ibid., Issue 149, Winter 2016, p.185-195)
Some questions about the lost German Revolution. By Ian Birchall (Ibid., Issue 150, Spring 2016)
Revolutionary workers’ movements and parliaments in Germany 1918-23. By John Rose (Ibid., Issue 150, Spring 2016)
The Kapp Putsch and the German October: a reply to John Rose. By Tony Phillips (Ibid., Issue 152, Autumn 2016)
All power to the factory councils? By John Rose (Ibid., Issue 153, Winter 2017)

All Power to the Councils! By Sasha Simic (Socialist Review, Issue 372, September 2012). Review of Gabriel Kuhn (ed.), All Power to the Councils: A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918–1919 (PM Press, 2012, 352 p.). “This book presents a groundbreaking documentary history of the workers’ councils that emerged. Included are the most fascinating speeches, articles, programmes, letters and manifestos.” See also review by Jason Netek: The red dawn of a new day (International Socialist Review, Issue 86, November 2012) + the book online at Libcom.org (pdf).

The German Revolution, Part 1-4. By Volkhard Mosler (Socialist Worker, Issue 2128-2131, 18 November-9 December 2008). “Our series concludes as Volkhard Mosler describes the moves to crush the revolution in January 1919.” With links to the 3 other articles.

The German Revolution, November 1918. By Stan Crooke (Solidarity, 3/142, 20 November 2008) + How the reformists saved capitalism: The German revolution, 1918-19 (3/143, 4 December 2008)

Red November 1918 (Weekly Worker, Issue 747, November 27, 2008). “Ninety years ago, the destiny of the world revolution lay in the hands of the German working class. Ben Lewis describes the tumultuous events and draws some lessons for today.”

German Revolution ends horror of war. By Niklas Albin Svensson (In Defence of Marxism, 13 November 2008) + The German Revolution suffers its first defeat (22 December 2008)

Germany 1918-19: The revolution begins (Socialism Today, Issue 123, November 2008). “Robert Bechert  looks at these incredible revolutionary events, assessing their relevance for socialists today.”

Rosa at a loss: the KPD leadership and the Berlin uprising of January 1919 – legend and reality. By Ottokar Luban (Revolutionary History, Vol.8, No.4, 2004, p.19-45; online at Workerscontrol.net). “As the study presented here shows in detail, the KPD Zentrale at first not only had no intention of leading an uprising against the Ebert–Scheidemann government, it did not even expect that such an uprising would take place.”

The German Revolution. Chapter 7 in: Marxism: Last refuge of the bourgeoisie? By Paul Mattick (Merlin Press, 1983; online at Marxists Internet Archive). “Contrary to Bolshevik expectations, the Russian Revolution remained a national revolution.”

The German Revolution. Chapter 10 in Victor Serge: Year One of the Russian Revolution (1972/1930; online at Marxists Internet Archive). “A Communist party that was too young, too inexperienced, without cadres, without a Central Committee capable of daring initiative. Masses of workers marching to do battle, but themselves too subservient to the traditions of Social-Democratic discipline to make up with their own action for the deficiencies of leadership and party.”

Bevæbnede arbejdere og soldater under lindetræerne i Berlin, november 1918. (Arbejderbevægelsens Arkiv)
Bevæbnede arbejdere og soldater under lindetræerne i Berlin, november 1918. (Arbejderbevægelsens Arkiv)

1921

Martsaktionen 1921, kap. 6, – i: Den tabte revolution: Tyskland 1918-23. Af Charlie Lywood (Internationale Socialisters Forlag, 1997, side 35-40).

Vad är brottet: Marsaktionen eller att kritisera den? (pdf) (Marxistarkiv.se, 27. november 2018, 26 s.). “Paul Levis försvarstal vid centralkommitténs möte 4 maj 1921. Levi hade kritiserats för sin offentliga kritik (i pamfletten ‘Vår väg’) av kommunistpartiets ultravänsteristiska Marsaktion.”

Den tyska revolutionen – Märzaktion (pdf). Av Pierre (Marxistarkiv.se, 12. november 2018, 49 s.). “De följande kapitlen ur Broués arbete [franska utgåvan kom 1971; boken finns även på engelska: The German Revolution, 1917-1923 (2005)] om den tyska revolutionen 1917-19231 handlar om den s k Marsaktionen i Tyskland 1921 och dess för- och efterspel.”

Germany 1921: The March Action. By Pierre Broué (Fourth International, Vol.1, No.2, 1964; online at Marxists Internet Archive). I svensk udgave på Marxistarkiv.se (pdf). “The debacle represented by the ‘March Action’ in Germany in 1921 was a crucial turning point in the development of the Communist International.”

Why the German Revolution failed. By Walter Held (What Next? No.1, 1996). “The article originally appeared in the December 1942 and January 1943 issues of Fourth International.”

Se også:

Navigating unchartered waters (Weekly Worker, Issue 1085, 3 December 2015). “Ian Birchall examines the deliberations of Comintern’s Third Congress in the aftermath of the 1921 March action.”

1923

The KPD and the crisis of world revolution. By Yusuf Timms (International Socialism, Issue 140, Autumn 2013; online only). “For a time, in the autumn of 1923, there seemed a real possibility that a new front was about to be opened up in the communist revolution that had begun in Russia six years earlier.”

The German October: The missed revolution of 1923, Part 1-3. By Peter Schwarz (World Socialist Web Site, 29 October-1 November 2008). “The German defeat of 1923 had far-reaching implications. It allowed the German bourgeoisie to consolidate its rule and stabilise the situation for six years.”

1923. Chapter 6 in Oskar Hippe: … And Red Is The Colour Of Our Flag (London, Index Books, 1991, p.63-76; online at Marxists Internet Archive). “Looking back on it, the year 1923 was a decisive one for the German working class. The question of power was posed to the proletariat more sharply than ever before.”

1923: the crucial year: The German October. Chapter 4 in Duncan Hallas: The Comintern (London, Bookmarks, 1985, p.89-103; online at Marxists Internet Archive). “It was not the decisive defeat in Germany itself, although it was the most serious setback since 1918.”

Det misslyckade upproret i Tyskland 1923 (pdf) (Cavefors, 1979; online på Marxistarkiv.se). “Följande är utdrag ur brittiske historikern E.H. Carrs bok Mellan Lenin och Stalin. Sovjet 1923-24 (Cavefors, 1979). Det kompletterar de samtida dokument som vi publicerat eller kommer att publicera om dessa händelser.”

1923: A missed opportunity? The German October legend and the real history of 1923. By August Thalheimer (1931) (Marken Press, 1993, 31 p.; online at Marxists Internet Archive). With introduction by Mike Jones (p.1-6). “This article by Thalheimer was first published by Marken Press in 1993. It is made available here in the strong belief that in any serious debate both sides in the Communist movement should be heard.”

Revolution in Berlin.- Ansprache eines Mitgliedes des Arbeiter- und Soldatenrates vor dem Reichstagsgebäude. Nov. 1918. Institution German Federal Archives Sammlung Repro-Negativen Bild 146-1972-038-34. (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)
Revolution in Berlin.- Ansprache eines Mitgliedes des Arbeiter- und Soldatenrates vor dem Reichstagsgebäude. Nov. 1918. Institution German Federal Archives Sammlung Repro-Negativen Bild 146-1972-038-34. (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

Litteratur

Novemberrevolutionen i Tyskland 1918. Temanummer af Politisk Revy (nr. 336, 28. juli 1978, 40 sider)

A People’s History of the German Revolution. By William A Pelz (Pluto Press, 2018, 208 p.)

The German Left and the Weimar Republic: A Selection of Documents. Edited by Ben Fowkes (Brill, 2014 / Haymarket Books, 2015, 400 p.).

All Power to the Councils!: A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918–1919. Edited and translated by Gabriel Kuhn (PM Press, 2012, 352 p.).  See the book online at Libcom.org (pdf).

The German Revolution, 1917-1923. By Pierré Broué. Edited by Ian Birchall and Brian Pearce, translated by John Archer and with an introduction by Eric D. Weitz (Brill, 2005 / Haymarket Books, 2006, 991 p.). See extract (Marxists Internet Archive) + the whole book online at Libcom.org (pdf).

The German Revolution and the Debate on Soviet Power: Documents 1918-1919: Preparing the Founding Congress. Edited by John Riddell (Pathfinder Press, 1986, 540 p.).

The Lost Revolution: Germany 1918 to 1923. By Chris Harman (Bookmarks, 1982, 326 p.; new edition at Haymarket Books, 2017). See review by Axel Fair-Schulz : The revolution that could have changed world history (International Socialist Review, Issue 111, Winter 2018-19).

 

Se også / See also

The rise and fall of German communism. By Sean Larson (International Socialist Review, Issue 111, Winter 2018-19). Review of Ralf Hoffrogge and Norman LaPorte (eds.), Weimar Communism as
 Mass Movement 1918–1933 (Lawrence & Wishart, 2017, 276 p). “The key theme running through most of the chapters in the collection is the politics, position, and influence of the KPD left.”

Revolutionary Germany: how did the right of the left react? (Weekly Worker, Issue 1226, 8 November 2018). “On November 9 1918, the kaiser abdicated and Germany became a republic. One hundred years later, we publish – thanks to Ben Lewis’s translation – abridged passages from the rightwing social democratic leader, Philipp Scheidemann.”

The KPD and the United Front during the Weimar Republic. By Marcel Bois (RS21: Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century, May 19, 2017). “It sets out the history of the United Front in Germany from the years 1920 to 1926. The United Front was a tactic developed by the Communist International in the early 1920s and this article charts its development, offering insight into some of the challenges the left face today in forging alliances over tactical issues.”

Sex and the German Revolution (Socialist Review, Issue 366, February 2012). “Colin Wilson looks at the how the German Revolution of 1918 led to significant new freedoms for lesbians and gays, and the role played by Communists.”

German workers and the birth of the united front. By John Riddell (International Socialist Review, Issue 79, September-October 2011). “Even in defeat, the German party’s experience in struggle for a united front is a fruitful legacy for working people today.”

A History of the German Republic [1918-1930]. By Arthur Rosenberg (Methuen & Co, 1936; online at Marxists Internet Archive). “In writing the present book I have striven to avoid one-sided judgements arising out of my own political activities in the years 1919-28.”

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