Baden-Pfalz Uprising of 1849

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Baden-Pfalz Uprising of 1849

 

an uprising of the popular masses of Baden and Pfalz in May and June; this was the culminating point in the struggle for an imperial constitution during the concluding stage of the Revolution of 1848–49 in Germany. The most active part among the rebels was taken by the workers. Provisional governments headed by petit-bourgeois democrats were formed in Baden-Pfalz and Baden in the middle of May, but they displayed indecision, and their failure to carry out changes in feudal obligations alienated the peasants from the movement. In spite of heroic resistance by the revolutionary Baden-Pfalz army, led by the Pole L. Mieroslawski (F. Engels fought in the ranks of this army), it was crushed by a 100,000-man punitive expedition composed of Prussian, Bavarian, and Württemberg troops.

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Engels, F. “Germanskaia kampaniia za imperskuiu konstitutsiiu.” K. Marx and F. Engels. Soch.,2nd ed., vol. 7.
Engels, F. “Revoliutsiia i kontrrevoliutsiia v Germanii.” Ibid., vol. 8.
Revoliutsii 1848–49, vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1952. Vol. 1, pp. 787–93; vol. 2, pp. 89–110.
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