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The German Revolution, 1917-1923

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  5 reviews
“Broué enables us to feel that we are actually living through these epoch-making events…. [D]o not miss this magnificent work.”—Robert Brenner, UCLA

A magisterial, definitive account of the upheavals in Germany in the wake of the Russian revolution. Broué meticulously reconstitutes six decisive years, 1917-23, of social struggles in Germany. The consequences of the defeat o
Paperback, 980 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Historical Materialism (first published July 2004)
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The translation and publication of Pierre Broué's magisterial account of the mass movements which swept across Germany from 1917 to 1923, fills an enormous hole in the literature available on this period. It covers much the same ground as Chris Harman's Lost Revolution, but does so in much greater detail, with a much firmer grasp of the historical sources, and with a quite different spirit. The key issue is the relationship between the Communist International and the German Communist Party, in p ...more
this is an exhaustive study of the german revolution. Broué accounts for a breadth of splits/ infightings/ debates as well as the context necessary to understand these debates.
Aubeen Lopez
Although there was a gap of a year in me finishing this massive book, finally having finished reading it was well worth the wait and anticipation. For it was in those last 3 to 5 chapters that lessons of that great event, the German Revolution, were best summed up by Broue. Anyone seeking to learn from one of the greatest events in the last century, its causes and and consequences should take a look at Pierre Broue's massive and detailed work.
Jan 22, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hardcore historians
This book is massive because it needs to be. Broue gives the ins and the outs of the SPD and the revolutionary period 1917-1923. The history is important because the failure of this revolution has everything to do with the rise of fascism nearly a decade later. Someday, I hope to finish it.
After I finished this brilliant, iconoclastic history of the German workers movement, my partner asked "Who won?" I hate to break the bad news to you ....
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