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Wild Socialism : Workers Councils in Revolutionary Berlin, 1918-21

By: Comack, Martin

0761859039 / 9780761859031
Paperback / softback
Stock expected by 17/12/2019
United States
151 x 231 mm, 177 grams 108 pages
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Wild Socialism examines the rise, development, and decline of revolutionary councils of industrial workers in Berlin at the end of the First World War.

This popular movement spread throughout Germany, and was without precedent in either the theory or practice of the Social Democratic party and the trade unions allied to it. These workers councils were most highly developed in Berlin, within its particular industrial, political, and cultural milieu.

The Berlin Shop Stewards group provided a hard core of militant revolutionaries within the movement, many of whose adherents were more moderate or ambiguous in their views.

Externally, the councilists faced a hostile Social Democratic-trade union bureaucracy who characterized council rule as "wilde Sozialismus," a reconstituted and repressive state power, and a revolutionary rival in the rise of German Bolshevism.

This work considers the experience of the Berlin councils as alternative institutions outside of traditional union, party, and governmental structures.


1DFG Germany, HBJD European history, JPQB Central government policies, KCF Labour economics, KNXB Industrial relations

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