The tragedy of the German Revolution

2:30pm Sunday 4 September

About this session

The German Revolution of 1918-1923 was one of the most important events of modern history. The fate of the 20th century hung in the balance as workers struggled against capitalist crisis and counter revolution. The failure of workers struggles taking political power in this industrial heartland of Europe sealed the fate of the Russian Revolution and put Germany on the path to the mass slaughter of World War Two and the Holocaust. 

While the revolution barely rates a mention in school and university histories of post-war Germany, the revolutionary experience of these stormy 6 years are full of lessons and debates for socialists today. This session will be diving into the debates amongst revolutionaries in Germany during the course of events as well as assessing discussions on the topic in the socialist movement since.

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