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Richard Müller, the Revolutionary Shop Stewards and the Origins of the Council Movement
Author: Ralf Hoffrogge
Translator: Joseph B. Keady
Richard Müller, a leading figure of the German Revolution in 1918, is unknown today. As the operator and unionist who represented Berlin’s metalworkers, he was main organiser of the ‘Revolutionary Stewards’, a clandestine network that organised a series of mass strikes between 1916 and 1918. With strong support in the factories, the Revolutionary Stewards were the driving force of the Revolution. By telling Müller's story, this study gives a very different account of the revolutionary birth of the Weimar Republic. Using new archival sources and abandoning the traditional focus on the history of political parties, Ralf Hoffrogge zooms in on working class politics on the shop floor and its contribution to social change.

First published in German by Karl Dietz Verlag as Richard Müller - Der Mann hinter der November Revolution, Berlin, 2008, this english edition was completerly revised for the english speaking audience and contains new sources and recent literature.
Author: Pierre Broué
On 12 October 1923, Grigory Zinoviev, president of the Communist International wrote the following in Pravda:

The German events are developing with the inexorability of fate. The path which it took the Russian Revolution twelve years to cover, from 1906 to 1917, will have taken the German Revolution five years, from 1918 to 1923. … The proletarian revolution is knocking at Germany’s door; you would have to be blind not to see it. … Very soon, everyone will see that this autumn of 1923 is a turning-point, not just for the history of Germany, but for the history of the whole world.

In fact, far from being on the point of triumphing, the German Revolution was on the verge of an irredeemable disaster which would soon inflict terrible consequences on Germany and the world.

In this magisterial work, first published 1971 and still unsurpassed, Pierre Broué meticulously reconstitutes the six decisive years during which — between ‘ultra-leftism and ‘opportunism’, ‘sectarianism’ and ‘revisionism’, ‘activism’ and ‘passivity’ — the German revolutionaries attempted to begin a new chapter in the history of the proletariat.

Because it broke out in March, the German Revolution of 1848 is also, particularly in Germany, called the “March Revolution.” However, such a term is imprecise, for many of the revolutionary actions and events in the German lands lasted into 1849. The German Revolution of 1848/49 had three aims

Author: Pierre Broué

Chapter Forty Moscow’s View of the German Revolution On 12 October 1923, the first of a series of eight articles by Zinoviev under the heading of ‘Problems of the German Revolution’, appeared in Pravda. Six of these articles were to appear before the retreat was called. The articles, which had been

In: The German Revolution, 1917-1923
Author: D. Fernbach

The World-Situation and the German Revolution* [. . .] Even if German militarism today may be weaker than before the War, it is still more uncon- scionable and irresponsible than before the War, and desperadoes are no less dangerous externally than internally. France is therefore pressing for

In: In the Steps of Rosa Luxemburg
Author: Ralf Hoffrogge

© koninklijke brill nv, leiden, ���5 | doi ��.��63/9789004�80069_�06 chapter 5 The German Revolution in Berlin: 1918 During the war the Shop Stewards had organised an escalating series of politi- cal mass strikes and one may be tempted to take the revolutionary events of November 1918 in Berlin as

In: Working-Class Politics in the German Revolution

Heidegger's Interpretation of the German "Revolution" FRANK H. W. EDLER From Heidegger's letters to Elisabeth Blochmann in 1932, it is apparent that he is on the verge of crossing the Rubicon into the political arena. On December 19, 1932, Heidegger tells her the more vigorously I get into my

In: Research in Phenomenology
Author: Daniel Gaido

Communist Party of Germany in the period between March 1920 and January 1921, as well as the reasons for Levi’s subsequent expulsion from the kpd and the International. The German Revolution, the kpd Founding Congress, the Spartacist Uprising and the Bavarian Soviet Republic The German revolution

In: Historical Materialism
Author: Paul Levi

–1. References Broué Pierre Archer John The German Revolution 1917–1923 Historical Materialism 2005 Leiden Brill Book Series Gruber Helmut International Communism in the Era of Lenin: A Documentary History 1967 Greenwich, CT Fawcett Publications

In: Historical Materialism