November 1918: The German Revolution

Robert Gerwarth

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 25-06-2020

£20.00

The story of an epochal event in German history, this is also the story of the most important revolution that you might never have heard of.

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Description

The German Revolution of November 1918 is nowadays largely forgotten outside Germany. It is generally regarded as a failure even by those who have heard of it, a missed opportunity which paved the way for the rise of the Nazis and the catastrophe to come. Robert Gerwarth argues here that to view the German Revolution in this way is a serious misjudgement. Not only did it bring down the authoritarian monarchy of the Hohenzollern, it also brought into being the first ever German democracy in an amazingly bloodless way. Focusing on the dramatic events between the last months of the First World War in 1918 and Hitler’s Munich Putsch of 1923, Robert Gerwarth illuminates the fundamental and deep-seated ways in which the November Revolution changed Germany. In doing so, he reminds us that, while it is easy with the benefit of hindsight to write off the 1918 Revolution as a ‘failure’, this failure was not somehow pre-ordained. In 1918, the fate of the German Revolution remained very much an open book.

Additional information

Weight 0.474 kg
Dimensions 33 × 144 × 217 mm
Page Count 368