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Was There a Revolution In Germany Between 1918 and 1919?

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Was there a revolution in Germany between 1918 and 1919? Between October 1918 and February of 1919 there was great change in Germany, there was great political change, Germany went from being an autocracy state to a democratic republic. As well as political change there was some change to Germanys social and economic system. To be able to define if there was a revolution in Germany we need to know what is meant by a revolution. A revolution is when there has been extreme change in all aspects of a countries way of life. The political revolution in Germany can be said to take place because of a multitude of different events. In October of 1918 the Kaiser ruled Germany in an autocratic state but by 1919 Ebert was in control of a democratic republic. ...read more.


So although there was a different political style it was still the same people that wanted the same policies. The fact that there were many mutinies in Germany showed that there was great unrest within the social system in Germany. The sailors in the navy mutinied against the fact that the naval high command was planning a last stand, which would ultimately lead to sudden death initiated. These mutinies spread to workers and soldier's councils in the major cities in Germany. As well as strikes and riots Bavaria in Germany declared itself a socialist republic on November the 8th. Such strikes as these must mean that there must have been some serious problems in Germany at that time and although they lived in bad conditions and had very little pay there conditions hadn't changed by February 1919. ...read more.


Although there was a great change in Germany I don't think that it was big enough to be called a revolution. I think that you can say that the political changes in Germany were huge but the change in the economy and social side of Germany didn't change. Although the mutinies by the navy and the strikes and riots by the workers and soldiers drew attention to their problems nothing economically or socially changed for them. I do think however that there was great political upheaval and so this we can call a big change but although the ruling style was the same it was still the same people in control. Therefore there was only political change in Germany and, by my definition of a revolution; there was not a revolution in Germany. Fiona Jamieson L6 NAY ...read more.

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