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
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
The Main Enemy Is At Home! (Leaflet, May 1915) 15 May 1915 Karl Liebknecht
Liebknecht’s Protest Against the War Credits (1914) 15 January 1914 Karl Liebknecht