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By Ralf Hoffrogge, Joseph B Keady, Radhika Desai

Richard Müller, a number one determine of the German Revolution in 1918, is totally unknown this present day. because the operator and unionist who represented Berlin’s metalworkers, he used to be major organiser of the ‘Revolutionary Stewards,’ a clandestine community that organised a sequence of mass moves among 1916 and 1918. With powerful help within the factories, the progressive Stewards have been the driver of the Revolution. via telling Müller's tale, this learn provides a truly assorted account of the innovative start of the Weimar Republic. utilizing new archival resources and forsaking the normal concentrate on the historical past of political events, Ralf Hoffrogge zooms in on operating category politics at the store ground and its contribution to social change.

First released in German via Karl Dietz Verlag as Richard Müller - Der Mann hinter der Novemberrevolution, Berlin, 2008, this English version used to be thoroughly revised for the English conversing viewers and comprises new resources and up to date literature

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The Reichstag delegate, Fritz Kunert from Halle, also refused to support the credit line, but through passive resistance. Friedel Gräf, also active in the anti-war opposition, wrote in her memoirs that Comrade Kunert ‘did not attend the session at all. Instead, he remained in the Reichstag lavatory the entire time’. SAPMO-BArch, SG Y 30/0297, p. 30. For more on Karl Liebknecht, see Laschitza 2007. On the Spartacists, see William Pelz 1987. For more on the interactions between the two currents, see Luban 2008b, pp.

Müller 1985a, pp. 198ff. , pp. 270ff. for the representatives’ individual tasks and everyday activities within the DMV. Most but not all of the Revolutionary Shop Stewards were also official union representatives within the DMV representative system. See Dirk H. Müller 1985a, p. 318. opposition to the burgfrieden: 1914–18 31 sections, such as his Berlin lathe workers section, should be granted greater rights to choose representatives for the executive board of the unions’ local administration. This would have made the executive board and the local administration responsible to the sections and therefore, ultimately, to the workplace, so that more of the rank and file would participate effectively in union matters.

P. 288. A later memoir also indicates that almost all the section leaders in the DMV supported the left wing. See Protokoll einer Aussprache mit rev. Obleuten, LArch Berlin, C Rep 902-02-04, no. 199. Ibid. pp. 278–284. Dirk H. Müller calls the reform proposals an ‘organizational reflex’ in reaction to the controversy over the Burgfrieden policy: Dirk H. Müller 1985a, p. 286. 32 chapter 3 discuss what happens outside. 37 Müller was uncritically reflecting the then-common division of labour between the unions, representing the labour movement’s economic wing, and the Social Democrats, representing its political wing.

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