Pierre Broué

The German Revolution


Pierre Broué, La révolution en Allemagne, 1917–1923, 1973.
© Pierre Broué, Les Editions de Minuit, 1971.
Translated by John Archer.
Edited by Ian Birchalt & Brian Pearce.
With an Introduction by Eric D. Weitz.
Published by Brill, Leiden & Boston / Haymarket Books, Chicago.
© Copyright 2005 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
This extract published here with the kind permission of the copyright holders.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Foreword to the English Edition


Chapter One: The Battlefield

Chapter Two: Social Democracy Before 1914

Chapter Three: The Lefts in German Social Democracy

From War to Revolution: The Victory and Defeat of Ultra-Leftism

Chapter Four: The War and the Crisis of Social Democracy

Chapter Five: The Foundation of the Independent Social-Democratic Party

Chapter Six: The Rise of the Revolutionary Movement

Chapter Seven: Problems of the World Revolution

Chapter Eight: The November Revolution

Chapter Nine: The Period of Dual Power

Chapter Ten: The Crisis in the Socialist Movement

Chapter Eleven: The Foundation of the Communist Party of Germany

Chapter Twelve: The Uprising of January 1919

The Attempt to Define the Role of a Communist Party

Chapter Thirteen: The Noske Period

Chapter Fourteen: Stabilisation in Germany and World Revolution

Chapter Fifteen: The Communist Party After January 1919

Chapter Sixteen: The Ultra-Left Opposition and the Split

Chapter Seventeen: The Problem of Centrism

Chapter Eighteen: The Kapp Putsch

Chapter Nineteen: The Communist Party at the Crossroads

Chapter Twenty: Moscow and the German Revolutionaries

Chapter Twenty-One: The Great Hopes of 1920

Chapter Twenty-Two: Paul Levi: A German Conception of Communism

Chapter Twenty-Three: The First Steps of the Unified Communist Party

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Split in the Italian Socialist Party

Chapter Twenty-Five: The March Action

Chapter Twenty-Six: Aftermath of a Defeat

Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Moscow Compromise

From the Conquest of the Masses to a Defeat Without a Fight

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Unity Preserved With Difficulty

Chapter Twenty-Nine: A New Start

Chapter Thirty: The Rapallo Turn

Chapter Thirty-One: For the United Front Against Poverty and Reaction

Chapter Thirty-Two: The ‘Mass Communist Party’

Chapter Thirty-Three: The Workers’ Government

Chapter Thirty-Four: The Development of the Tactic

Chapter Thirty-Five: The Occupation of the Ruhr

Chapter Thirty-Six: Crisis in the KPD

Chapter Thirty-Seven: An Unprecedented Pre-Revolutionary Situation

Chapter Thirty-Eight: The Overthrow of the Cuno Government

Chapter Thirty-Nine: Preparing the Insurrection

Chapter Forty: Moscow’s View of the German Revolution

Chapter Forty-One: The German October

Chapter Forty-Two: Aftermath of Another Defeat

An Undertaking Condemned by History?

Chapter Forty-Three: History and Politics

Chapter Forty-Four: Grafting Bolshevism onto German Stock

Chapter Forty-Five: Paul Levi: The Lost Opportunity?

Chapter Forty-Six: Karl Radek: The Confusion of Styles?

Chapter Forty-Seven: Balance Sheet of a Defeat



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