Germany 1918: The lost revolution

12:00pm Sunday 19 September

About this session

In 1918 a mutiny in the German navy led to a wave of strikes, the declaration of workers councils and a revolution which in a matter of days led to the overthrow of the Kaiser and the end of WW1. Over the next two years the class struggle in Germany pitted revolutionary workers against a new republic now led by the social democratic SPD determined to restore the stability of German capitalism. 

While many know the name and the tragic fate of German Marxist leader Rosa Luxemburg, the events of the German revolution are little understood. The defeat of the German revolution not only closed off the possibility of socialism in Germany, it sealed the fate of the besieged workers’ state in Russia. This session will uncover the events of the German revolution and counter-revolution from 1918-1923 and the lessons for revolutionaries today. 

 

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