By Sean Dobson
Within the fall of 1918, after it had turn into transparent that the good struggle used to be misplaced, revolution broke out in Germany. within the quarter round Leipzig, staff supported the revolution with strange decision, in lots of situations trying to socialize their businesses on their lonesome authority.In the 1st e-book to commit severe scholarly realization to Leipzig's turbulent transition from authoritarian monarchy to democratic republic, Sean Dobson deals a cogent heritage of political switch in what used to be one among Germany's such a lot industrialized and politically radical districts. in the course of lots of the post--WWII interval, simply Leninist historians -- following the stern ideological instructions dictated by means of the Socialist team spirit social gathering of the German Democratic Republic -- have been authorized entry to the suitable documents. With the autumn of the Berlin Wall, Dobson received unheard of entry to these information. His examine tells the true tale of what occurred in a single of the revolution's typhoon facilities and enriches the bigger theoretical dialogue of sophistication and id formation.Because the turmoil in and round Leipzig is meaningless with no an knowing of the zone prior to 1914, Dobson information the antecedents of the revolution. within the strategy, he demanding situations universal historiographical assumptions approximately prewar and wartime Germany.
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Extra resources for Authority and upheaval in Leipzig, 1910-1920: the story of a relationship
The upheaval’s failure to achieve a more secure democratic republic or a more equitable wage relationship stemmed largely from ineffective Social Democratic leadership. BACKGROUND ON LEIPZIG An important point of exchange since the Middle Ages, Leipzig became by the early modern period Central Europe’s leading inland trading city. Despite the declining political fortunes of the kingdom of Saxony after 1815, Leipzig continued to prosper, with ever more of its wealth earned from manufacture rather than trade.
Unfortunately, as already mentioned, we do not know what that exact rate was, only that it was impressive. While real income of workers and white collars kept pace with Leipzig’s economic growth rate, that of those living from proﬁt, interest, and rent far outstripped it. 4 percent of all income in Leipzig. 3 percent while their share of income had shrunk less rapidly to 52 percent. 44 When one considers further that this was a rapidly growing share of a rapidly growing pie, it becomes clear that late imperial Leipzig offered those living from proﬁt, interest, and rent a favorable climate, indeed.
A ﬁnal demographic note: As discussed in the introduction, Leipzig’s rapidly declining mortality rate on the eve of the war was matched by a declining birthrate. 51 SOCIAL MOBILITY Even if workers’ absolute living standards were improving, the eve of the Great War still found a majority of them laboring ﬁfty-ﬁve to sixty hours a week for wages enabling mere subsistence, inhabiting cramped apartments, 40 PORTRAIT OF A REL ATIONSHIP and subject to frequent moves. Most probably wished to escape manual toil altogether and move into better paying, more satisfying employment as small proprietors or lower white collars.