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WarthogRoadkil wrote

In Part 6, the author rightfully mentions the social democrats of Germany selling out the Spartacists with the help of Russia, siding with the Freikorps and ultimately crushing their own revolution. I can't help but remember the total subjugation of Germany under USSR control during the Cold War, when Russia would have the KGB and Germany the Stasi which mirrored it. Though perhaps more subtle in that activists wouldn't be outright murdered and thrown in the river a la Luxembourg, these alphabet agencies would also be responsible for enforcing an extremely centralist, totalitarian regime in both countries that is very reminiscent of Freikorps activity during the crackdown after the Spartacists.

If one can find it affordable, I would recommend a book called Faust's Metropolis by Alexandra Richie, which is focused on German history with a focus on Berlin that details the close relationship and parallels between events the authors of this article would have likely seen coming.

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WarthogRoadkil wrote

The Bolshevik Party, consisting of professional revolutionists on the one hand and large backward masses on the other, remained isolated.

Worth expanding on if you're interested. The Kaiser during WWI actually funneled millions of marks to Lenin and even escorted him from his exile in Switzerland to Russia. The plan was to instigate revolution in order to have Russia pull out of the war, allowing Germany to focus on its western front. Lenin tried to postpone signing a treaty, which pissed off the Kaiser enough that he invaded Russia while it was weak, leading to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which gave huge chunks of Russia's western territories to Germany.

Even after this, the USSR would have an - outwardly - odd, close relationship. Aside from the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Stalin's USSR would turn over communists to the SA and SS to be killed. Supplies would be sent across the border even after Germany's betrayal of the pact.