Bleg for good texts on immediate post-WWI Germany and Russia.

Specifically, I need books that are readable, and not barking mad insane, on both 1920s German radical groups and the Russian communist factional rivals to the Bolsheviks.  I’m not one for obsessive historical research – I think that doing that often gets people stuck in neutral when they should be writing – but it wouldn’t hurt this one time to know just who all the players were.  And, yeah, I read Pirate Utopia, but that’s pretty much Italian-themed and I’m going to be leaving Mussolini right where I found him.

4 thoughts on “Bleg for good texts on immediate post-WWI Germany and Russia.”

  1. Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago” actually covers some of this. Mostly by chronicling who ended up in the camps and prisons first. So if you are looking for factions there would be a good source.

  2. For the Russian side Conquest’s “The Great Terror” is not bad for an early overview. There is also a not too bad series that is not on Youtube from the 90’s that has a couple parts dealing with the end of Tzarist period and the factional fighting. I will see if I can find a link. It’s Red Empire and seems to get taken down a lot:

    1. That was ‘is on youtube’ not ‘is not on youtube’. Sorry, still waking up (darned second shift.)

  3. The early chapters of Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” give good detail on the Nazis during this period, and, in passing, some of their rivals.

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