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A People's History of the German Revolution 1918–1919


Manufacturer: Pluto Press

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'In October 1918, war-weary German sailors mutinied when they were ordered to engage in one final, fruitless battle. This revolt, in the dying embers of World War I, quickly erupted into a full scale revolution that toppled the German monarchy and inaugurated a period of radical popular democracy. The establishment of the Weimar Republic in 1919 ended the revolution. In this book, William A. Pelz cuts against the grain of mainstream accounts that paint the revolution as a "collapse" that preceded the country's "natural progression" into a republic. In contrast, this book depicts the revolution from the bottom up, focusing on the active role that women, rank-and-file activists, and ordinary workers played in its events. Rejecting the depiction of agency as exclusively in the hands of international actors like Woodrow Wilson or in those of German elites, it makes the compelling case that, for a brief period, the actions of the common people shaped a truly revolutionary society.'

William A. Pelz. Pluto Press, 2018.

Product Code: 9780745337104

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