The Lost Revolution

Germany 1918 to 1923
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Author(s): Chris Harman
Original Publish Date: Jun 26, 2017
Product Number: EB00648793
Released: Jun 26, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781608463169
Publisher: Haymarket Books
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Description

"Compelling . . . [a] classic study of the revolutionary process" (Neil Davidson, author of How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?). As the First World War was about to end in defeat, German sailors began to mutiny—giving voice to the widespread anger against the elites who had led the nation into war and the calamitous impact of that decision on everyday people. The events that followed would eventually result in the parliamentary democracy known as the Weimar Republic—and the socialists who had initially risen up would be attacked by German counterrevolutionary troops, their uniforms marking the debut of a new symbol: the swastika. Because of the socialists' defeat in Germany, Russia fell into the isolation that gave Stalin his road to power. Here, Chris Harman unearths the history of the lost revolution in Germany and reveals its lessons for the future struggles for a better world. "Chris Harman's compelling analysis of the failed German Revolution covers the entire period from 1918 to the debacle of 1923, paying close attention to episodes such as the Bavarian Soviet Republic which are often neglected or minimized. Harman clearly demonstrates that this example of 'lost revolution' was the real turning point in German history when history failed to turn, with dire consequences." —Neil Davidson, author of Discovering the Scottish Revolution

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