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
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