From Left Radicalism to Council Communism: Anton Pannekoek and Germon Revolutionary Marxism

  title={From Left Radicalism to Council Communism: Anton Pannekoek and Germon Revolutionary Marxism},
  author={Jonathan P. Gerber},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={169 - 189}
  • J. Gerber
  • Published 1 April 1988
  • Political Science, History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
The severe post-war political crisis in Germany during the years 1918-21 was the context for the emergence of a widespread network of workers’ councils which made a spectacular if rather ineffective challenge to the existing state apparatus. While the majority of these councils were dominated by the social democrats and did not express any aspirations beyond the establishment of a democratic republic within the framework of capitalism, there developed at the same time, within this broad council… 

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    • Jahrbuch Arbeiterbewegung
    • 1979

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    • wdhrend des Ersten Weltkrieges

    Vertretungssystem in der Arbeiterbewegung

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    • 1911

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      • 1978

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