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This review is from: The German Revolution, 1917-1923 (Historical Materialism Book) (Historical Materialism Book Series) (Paperback)
A previous reviewer disliked this book intensely because it was a study of the German Revolution in relation to Marxist revolutionary theory. That is exactly why it is such an important book. The German revolution, following so closely after the Bolshevik revolution, was an opportunity to break out from "one country" and to generalise the possibility of socialist emancipation. That this did not happen led, eventually, to the twin tyrannies of Nazism and Stalinism. It is therefore surely worth looking at the nature of this failure. Alongside Chris Harman's excellent book, praised by the previous reviewer, you will find here materials for study and thought. Not simple answers, of course. The difficulties of building new socialist organisation are clearly laid out. The disastrous mistakes made are, indeed, tragic. I know no better source on Paul Levi's disputed role, and the role of Radek, Zinoviev, the ECCI (the leadership of the new Communist International)and so on. If you seriously want a Marxist study of the subject this is an essential book.