WWI & the German Revolution

WWI & the German Revolution

For the soldiers, the First World War was a seemly unending nightmare; for the civilians on the home front, especially the women, hardly less so. In the end large tracts of Europe lay wasted, millions were dead or wounded. The great majority of casualties were from the working class. Survivors lived on with severe mental trauma. The streets of every European city were full of limbless veterans. Nations were bankrupt — not just the losers, but also the victors.

This bloody conflict was brought to an end by revolution — a fact that has been buried under a mountain of myths, pacifist sentimentality, and lying patriotic propaganda. By 1917, in all the belligerent states, the discontent of the masses was growing. In particular the people of Germany were beginning to suffer food shortages that sparked off riots and mass strikes across the country. There were mutinies in the armies and navies of Italy, Austria, France, and Britain.

... The First World War was thus ended by the German Revolution.

— From WWI – Part Fifteen: How revolution ended the First World War

Title Created Date Author
Luxemburg, Liebknecht and the German Revolution 15 January 2019 Marie Frederiksen
[Video] Rob Sewell launching 'Germany 1918–1933: Socialism or Barbarism' in Sweden 11 January 2019 Rob Sewell
November 1918: how occupied Belgium was liberated by German revolutionary soldiers 15 November 2018 Kyle Michiels
The German Revolution of 1918 12 November 2018 Rob Sewell
[Video] Rosa Luxemburg and the 1918 German Revolution 26 October 2018 Marie Frederiksen and Rob Sewell
Austria: “Let’s make it like in Russia” – 100 years since the January 1918 general strike 23 January 2018 Gernot Trausmuth
Germany: Luxemburg and Liebknecht commemorated in Berlin 20 January 2018 Hans-Gerd Öfinger
Rosa Luxemburg – Reform or Revolution 15 January 2018 Alan Woods and Niklas Albin Svensson
Capitalism: a history of horror without end [Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4] 21 March 2017 Fred Weston
First World War - A Marxist Analysis of the Great Slaughter 01 July 2016 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Fifteen: How revolution ended the First World War 20 June 2016 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Fourteen: The Middle East and the Sykes-Picot treaty - A poisonous legacy 03 June 2016 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Thirteen: 1916–17 - the turning of the tide 27 May 2016 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Twelve: Under Fire – the real face of War 27 November 2015 Alan Woods
[Video] World War One - The Great Slaughter 11 November 2015 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Eleven: Wilfred Owen and the Muse of War 23 October 2015 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Ten: Big bandits and small bandits 29 May 2015 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Nine: The USA and the War: War is good for business 17 April 2015 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Eight: Victims and aggressors 27 March 2015 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Seven: Turkey Joins the War 20 March 2015 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Six: Tsarist Russia and the War 13 March 2015 Alan Woods
[Video] The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg 07 November 2014 Marie Frederiksen
WWI – Part Five: The Great Slaughter begins 26 September 2014 Alan Woods
4th August 1914: The Great Betrayal and Collapse of the Second International 04 August 2014 Rob Sewell
WWI – Part Four: Into the abyss 02 August 2014 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Three: The strange story of the Kaiser and the Tsar 15 July 2014 Alan Woods
WWI – Part Two: On the brink of the abyss 04 July 2014 Alan Woods
[Video] World War One and Imperialism 30 June 2014 Alan Woods
WWI – Part One: Assassination in Sarajevo – The first shots of the Great Slaughter 27 June 2014 Alan Woods
Women in First World War Britain: Exploitation, revolt and betrayal 07 March 2014 Ana Muñoz
[Book] Germany: from Revolution to Counter-Revolution 21 July 2013 Rob Sewell
1919: Britain on the Brink of Revolution 16 May 2013 Rob Sewell
[Audio] Rob Sewell on the German Revolution 16 September 2011 Rob Sewell
The Kapp Putsch: the united front in action 25 May 2010 Mick Brooks
The Treaty of Versailles - the Peace to end all Peace 13 April 2009 Alan Woods
[Audio] The German Revolution of 1918-19 27 February 2009 Marie Frederiksen
Forward without forgetting – 90 years after the German Revolution 26 February 2009 Marie Frederiksen
Ninety years after the murder of Rosa Luxemburg: Lessons of the life of a revolutionary 15 January 2009 Patrick Larsen
The German Revolution suffers its first defeat 22 December 2008 Niklas Albin Svensson
German Revolution ends horror of war 13 November 2008 Niklas Albin Svensson
Review: “The German Revolution – 1917-1923” by Pierre Broué - Merlin Press £30 01 December 2006 Rob Sewell
Anniversary of the murder of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg 16 January 2006 Alon Lessel
Trotsky: The Struggle against Fascism in Germany - Introduction to the Spanish edition 01 March 2004 Alan Woods
Once again on the slogan of a Constituent Assembly: The Lessons of the German Revolution of 1918 08 May 2002 Rob Sewell
Extract from Lenin's "Notes of a Publicist" (1922) 15 January 1922 V.I. Lenin
Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg (1919) 15 January 1919 Leon Trotsky
Order Prevails in Berlin (1919) 14 January 1919 Rosa Luxemburg
What Does the Spartacus League Want? 15 January 1918 Rosa Luxemburg
A Turn in World Politics 31 January 1917 V.I. Lenin
To the Workers Who Support the Struggle Against the War and Against the Socialists Who Have Sided With Their Governments 11 January 1917 V.I. Lenin