Kurt Tucholsky’s Analysis of the 1918–19 Revolution

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


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.


Civil Servant Public Ownership Parliamentary System Officer Corps Weimar Republic 
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