Spartacist Revolt

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The Spartacist Revolt
Even before the Weimar had been drawn up there was a serious challenge from the extreme of the political spectrum. Many hoped to see a Russian style revolution in Germany. The left wing movement led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa began a revolt in in January 1919. They seized building throughout the city. The government fled the city.
Many feared the “red plague” and the defence minister Gustav Noske used the army and the to crush the revolt. The Freikorps was a volunteer militia made up of ex army men set up to defend the borders of Germany. It was strongly anti-communist and took steps to restore order with summary becoming common place. Liebknecht and Luxemburg were shot and the was crushed. In another Communist revolt was defeated with Freikorps help in May. Political had marred the foundation of the new state.
Spartacists defending their positions

Significance of the Spartacist Revolt

1. On the orders of politicians from the Social (SPD) the Communists or Spartacists had been crushed violently by the Freikorps. Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s the major left wing were never to trust each other again. This in the face of the rise of the Nazis was an important factor in Hitler and the Nazis coming to power
2. The Freikorps received a boost from their activities - a year later they were to stage their own
3. Many Germans interpreted the events of the Spartacist revolt as further evidence that the country needed a strong backed by a strong
4. The Spartacists (Communists) were seen to be anti