German Revolution of 1918–19

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German Revolution of 1918–19

Post  msistarted on Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:35 am

The roots of the revolution can be found in the German Empire's fortune in the First World War and the social tensions which came to a head shortly thereafter. The first acts of revolution were triggered by the policy of the Supreme Command and its missing coordination with the Naval Command which, in the face of defeat, insisted on continuing a lost battle with the British Royal Navy. The Wilhelmshaven mutiny (a sailors' revolt) then ensued in the naval ports of Wilhelmshaven and Kiel, and the spirit of rebellion spread across the country and led to the proclamation of a republic on 9 November 1918. Shortly thereafter Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated.

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