Working-Class Politics in the German Revolution
Richard Müller, the Revolutionary Shop Stewards and the Origins of the Council Movement

Hoffrogge, Ralf
Publisher:  Haymarket Books
Date Written:  15/09/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Pages:  253pp   ISBN:  9781608465507
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX18811

Richard Müller, a leading figure of the German Revolution in 1918, is completely unknown today. As the operator and unionist who represented Berlin's metalworkers, he was main organiser of the 'Revolutionary Stewards,' a clandestine network that organised a series of mass strikes between 1916 and 1918. With strong support in the factories, the Revolutionary Stewards were the driving force of the Revolution. By telling Müller's story, this study gives a very different account of the revolutionary birth of the Weimar Republic. Using new archival sources and abandoning the traditional focus on the history of political parties, Ralf Hoffrogge zooms in on working class politics on the shop floor and its contribution to social change.