ALL POWER TO THE COUNCILS! A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY THE GERMAN REVOLUTION OF 1918-1919
edited by Gabriel Kuhn
The defeat of World War I and the subsequent end of the Kaiserreich threw Germany into turmoil While the Social Democrats grabbed power, radicals across the country rallied to established a socialist society under the slogan “All Power to the Councils!” The Spartacus League staged an uprising in Berlin, council republics were proclaimed in Bremen and Bavaria, and workers’ revolts shook numerous German towns. The rebellions were crushed by the Social Democratic government with help of right-wing militias like the notorious Free Corps. This paved the way to a dysfunctional Wemar Republic that witnessed the rise of the National Socialist movement.
The documentary his presented here collects manifestos, speeches, articles, and letters from the German revolution, introduced and annotated by the editor. Many documents, like the anarchist Erich Muhsam’s comprehensive account of the Bavarian Council Republic, are made available in English for the first time. the volume also includes appendixes portray the Red Ruhr Army that repelled the reactionary Kapp Putsch in 1920, and communist bandits that roamed Eastern Germany until 1921.
ALL POWER TO COUNCILS! provides a dynamic and vivid picture of a time with long-lasting effects for world history … a time that was both encouraging and tragic.
978-1-60486-11-2 $26.95 6×9 Paperback 344 pages History/Politics