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German communism, workers' protest, and labor unions : the politics of the United Front in Rhineland-Westphalia, 1920-1924 /
by Larry Peterson.
Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers ; Amsterdam : International Institute of Social History, c1993.
viii, 556 p. ; 25 cm.
0792321111 (acid-free paper)
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Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers ; Amsterdam : International Institute of Social History, c1993.
0792321111 (acid-free paper)
general note
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Columbia University.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 520-548) and index.
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Main Description
This book examines the rise of the German Communist Party in the crucial period between the Kapp Putsch and the stabilization of the Weimar Republic. Based on extensive archival research, its reconstruction of Communist participation in union and protest movements in the key industrial region of Rhineland-Westphalia offers the first detailed social analysis of Communist support, organization and political strategy in German labor unions. By viewing German Communism against the backdrop of industrial structures and economic conditions, this study illuminates the deeper divisions in the German workers' movement that contributed to the tragedy of the Weimar Republic.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 7
Labor Unions and the German Left before 1920p. 20
The KPD, the Labor Unions, and Economic Movements in Rhineland-Westphalia, 1920-1924
The Unified KPD's Offensive in the Labor Unions and the March Action: Brithpangs of an Industrial Strategyp. 50
Heran an die Massen! The United Front in the Unionsp. 93
Hyperinflation, Rank-and-File Action, and Revolutionary Politicsp. 133
1923: The Almost Revolutionp. 160
The Crisis of the Unions and the KPDp. 218
Structure, Organization, and Political Program
The Social Structure of the Communist Oppositionp. 257
The Industrial Road to Revolutionp. 297
Rank-and-File Organizationp. 341
Social Transformation of the Unionsp. 375
The United Frontp. 399
Notesp. 429
Bibliographyp. 520
Indexp. 549
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