The German Revolution and Political Theory

  • Gaard Kets
  • James Muldoon

Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Gaard Kets, James Muldoon
    Pages 1-22
  3. Rethinking the Revolution

  4. Political Theorists of the German Revolution

  5. The German Revolution in Contemporary Political Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Yohan Dubigeon
      Pages 257-276
    3. Paul Mazzocchi
      Pages 277-297
    4. James Muldoon
      Pages 339-360
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 361-363

About this book


This book is the first collection within political theory to examine the ideas and debates of the German Revolution of 1918/19. It discusses the political theorists and actors of the revolution and uncovers an incredibly fertile body of political thought. Revolutionary events led to the proliferation of new political strategies, theoretical insights and institutional proposals. Key questions included the debate between a national assembly and a council system, the socialisation of the economy, the development of new forms of political representation and the proper role of parliaments, political parties and trade unions. This book offers novel perspectives on the history of the revolution, a thorough engagement with its main thinkers and an analysis of its relevance for contemporary political thought.

Gaard Kets is a historian and political theorist and lectures in political science at Radboud University, the Netherlands. His current research focuses on council communist ideology and the German Revolution.

James Muldoon is a lecturer in political science at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the editor of Council Democracy: Towards a Democratic Socialist Politics (2018) and Trumping the Mainstream: The Conquest of Mainstream Democratic Politics by the Populist Radical Right (2018, with L.E. Herman), and the author of Hegel’s Philosophy of Drives (2014). His work has appeared in Political Studies, History of Political Thought, Theory, Culture & Society, Constellations, Critical Horizons, and Parrhesia.


political ideology democracy Spartacus League Rosa Luxemburg Radical Right Nazism Workers’ Councils Karl Kautsky Eduard Bernstein socialist republicanism dictatorship democratic socialism Women in the German Revolution Revolutionary Berlin pure council system Non-Violent Non-Cooperation Gustav Landauer Council Democracy Hannah Arendt Council Communism

Editors and affiliations

  • Gaard Kets
    • 1
  • James Muldoon
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Management ResearchRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsUniversity of ExeterPenrynUK

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