“Gabriel Kuhn’s very good quantity illuminates a profound international progressive second, within which tremendous principles and debates lit the sky.”
—Marcus Rediker, writer of Villains of all international locations and The Slave Ship “This extraordinary assortment, skillfully edited by means of Gabriel Kuhn, brings to lifestyles that almost all pivotal of revolutions, crackling with the acrid scent of road scuffling with, rebel hopes, and eventually defeat… In an period brimming with anticapitalist aspirations, those pages ring with that also unmet progressive promise of a higher global: i used to be, i'm, I shall be.”
—Sasha Lilley, writer of Capital and Its Discontents and coauthor of Catastrophism The German Revolution erupted out of the ashes of worldwide battle I, brought on by way of mutinying sailors refusing to be sacrificed within the ultimate carnage of the warfare. whereas the Social Democrats grabbed energy, radicals around the state rallied to set up a communist society lower than the slogan "All energy to the Councils!" The Spartacus League introduced an rebellion in Berlin, council republics have been proclaimed in Bremen and Bavaria, and workers' revolts shook quite a few German cities. but in an act that might tragically form the process heritage, the Social Democratic executive beaten the rebellions with assistance from right-wing militias, paving the way in which for the ill-fated Weimar Republic—and finally the ascension of the Nazis.This definitive documentary historical past collects manifestos, speeches, articles, and letters from the German Revolution—Rosa Luxemburg, the progressive Stewards, and Gustav Landauer among others—introduced and annotated by means of the editor. Many files, akin to the anarchist Erich Mühsam's accomplished account of the Bavarian Council Republic, are offered the following in English for the 1st time. the quantity additionally comprises fabrics from the purple Ruhr military that repelled the reactionary Kapp Putsch in 1920 and the communist bandits that roamed jap Germany until eventually 1921. All strength to the Councils! offers a dynamic and bright photo of a time of significant wish and devastating betrayal. “Drawing on newly exposed fabric via pioneering archival old learn, Gabriel Kuhn’s robust e-book at the German workers’ councils stream is key interpreting to knowing the future of democratic employee keep watch over today.”
—Immanuel Ness, Graduate middle for employee schooling, Brooklyn College “An essential source on a world-historic event.”
—Lucien van der Walt, Rhodes collage, South Africa
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The quote is not entirely accurate. For details, see Karl Retzlaw’s text “Noske and the Beginning of the Comrades’ Murders” in this volume. 16. “National convention” in the original; adapted to the translation used in this volume. 17. It is not clear which organization Icarus is referring to. 18. ” 19. See the chapter on “Bremen” in this volume. 20. Icarus uses the German term Jadebusen in the original. 21. Icarus uses the German term Obmann in the original. 22. Presumably a reference to the Marx quote, “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness” (A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, 1859).
After the USPD had acted in solidarity with us, I went to the local SPD chapter for support. 2 I stood my ground, though, and demanded them to join the meeting. On Sunday morning, thousands of sailors left their ships and troops. The soldiers’ and workers’ bitterness was enormous and it only needed a small spark for an explosion. The commander’s office seemed prepared. Hornists and alarm patrols marched through the streets of Kiel and demanded all sailors to return to their troops. No one did. We even used the messengers of the commander’s office for our own purposes by following right after them, encouraging the soldiers to join us at the meeting.
Kaiserliche Werft; Kaiserliche Werften were government-run shipyards in Wilhelmshaven, Kiel, and Gdańsk responsible for the construction and maintenance of the warships of the Kaiserreich. 8. The Tausend-Mann-Kaserne was a big barracks in Wilhelmshaven. Icarus uses the English translation in the original. 9. Kronstadt was the nearest radio station to Wilhelmshaven being in the hands of the Soviet government. 10. Heinrich Dorrenbach, discharged by the German Military in the spring of 1918 for desertion.
All Power to the Councils!: A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918-1919