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The German Revolution and the Debate on Soviet Power

“The work brings together an excellent choice of important and revealing documents hitherto difficult to come by.”
R.V. Daniels, editor, A Documentary History of Communism

“Published here are numerous key documents, many of them otherwise unavailable in English. An excellent compliment to existing histories.”
A. Rabinowitch, author, The Bolsheviks Come to Power


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History, Revolutionary Strategy

‘The documents in this book, most of which have never before been published in English, record the first months of the 1918-19 German revolution.

In November of that year the workers and soldiers toppled the German Empire and forced an abrupt end to the World War. A sharp struggle wracked the newborn republic. Should capitalist rule be reestablished or should it be replaced by a government based on councils of the exploited working people?

Part of a multivolume series on the Communist International, this book shows the important role of the German revolution in the International’s formation and in posing key questions debated at its first four congresses.

Recorded here are the contending positions of German Communist and Social Democratic leaders such as Rosa Luxembourg, Karl Liebknecht, Kar Kautsky, and Friederich Ebert, and debates within the German Communist Party.

Comments on the German events by Bolshevik leaders including V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Karl Radek; the debate between Kautsky and Lenin on Soviet power in Russia; and preparations for the March 1919 founding congress of the Comintern round out this collection.’