By Pierre Broué
John Archer (tr.); Ian Birchall, Brian Pearce (eds.); Eric D. Weitz (Introduction)
A magisterial, definitive account of the upheavals in Germany within the wake of the Russian revolution. Broué meticulously reconstitutes six decisive years, 1917-23, of social struggles in Germany. the implications of the defeat of the German revolution had profound effects for the world.
On 12 October 1923, Grigory Zinoviev, president of the Communist foreign wrote the subsequent in "Pravda": "The German occasions are constructing with the inexorability of destiny. the trail which it took the Russian Revolution twelve years to hide, from 1906 to 1917, can have taken the German Revolution 5 years, from 1918 to 1923. ... The proletarian revolution is knocking at Germany's door; you would need to be blind to not see it. ... Very quickly, everybody will see that this fall of 1923 is a turning-point, not only for the background of Germany, yet for the heritage of the total world." in truth, faraway from being near to winning, the German Revolution was once at the verge of an irredeemable catastrophe which might quickly inflict poor effects on Germany and the realm. during this magisterial paintings, first released 1971 and nonetheless unsurpassed, Pierre Broue meticulously reconstitutes the six decisive years within which - among 'ultra-leftism' and 'opportunism', 'sectarianism' and 'revisionism', 'activism' and 'passivity' - the German revolutionaries tried to start a brand new bankruptcy within the historical past of the proletariat.
“Broué permits us to think that we're really residing via those epoch-making events…. [D]o now not leave out this marvelous work.”—Robert Brenner, UCLA
"Pierre Broue's booklet at the German Revolution is intensely vital. Its particular research and systematic use of the files on hand on the time it was once written suggest that it truly is a huge textual content of heritage itself... [it] merits to be a key textual content for revolutionaries at the present time, these construction pursuits or accomplishing revolution will locate a lot of use here."