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Kurt Tucholsky’s Analysis of the 1918–19 Revolution

  • Ian King
Part of the Warwick Studies in the European Humanities book series (WSEH)

Abstract

Throughout their history the German people have demonstrated many talents, but until recently the ability to organise a successful revolution has not been one of them. In 1848, for example, revolutionary crowds in Saxony demonstrated a desire for vegetarian roast beef by chanting ‘We want a republic and our good old King!’ Lenin produced a further explanation why the descendants of Marx and Engels had failed to follow their lead. Revolutions, the Soviet leader pointed out, involved illegal and violent activities, such as storming railway stations, and the Germans were no good at this because they were all too busy queuing up for their platform tickets.

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Civil Servant Public Ownership Parliamentary System Officer Corps Weimar Republic 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Gerhard A. Ritter and Susanne Miller (eds), Die deutsche Revolution 1918–19, Dokumente, 2nd ed. (Hamburg, 1975) pp. 77–78.Google Scholar
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    Fritz J. Raddatz, Tucholsky, eine Bildbiographie (Munich, 1961) p. 90.Google Scholar
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    Klaus-Peter Schulz, Tucholsky in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten (Reinbek, 1959) p. 119 and p. 67.Google Scholar
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    Hans Prescher, Tucholsky (Berlin, 1959: reprinted 1982).Google Scholar
  5. 6.
    Letter to Mary Gerold, 19 December 1918 in Tucholsky, Ausgewahlte Briefe 1912–35 (Reinbek, 1962) p. 415.Google Scholar
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    Robert Breuer, ‘Die Revolution des Vierten Standes’, Weltbühne, 29 December 1925.Google Scholar
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    C.f. Karl-Dietrich Erdmann, ‘Die Geschichte der Weimarer Republik als Problem der Wissenschaft’, Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, 3 1955, p. 7.Google Scholar
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    Eberhard Kolb, Die Arbeiterräte in der deutschen Innenpolitik 1918–19 (Berlin, 1977) pp. 404–9.Google Scholar
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    Letter to A. Klemich, 13 October 1926, in Ausgewählte Briefe, p. 178.Google Scholar
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    Letter to Heinz Pol, 29 April 1933, in Ausgewählte Briefe, pp. 227–8.Google Scholar

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© Richard Dove and Stephen Lamb 1992

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