About the background
In 1918, an epochal uprising took place: The First World War came to an end and in Germany the people rose against monarchy.
In Bavaria, the revolution of 7 November brought over 700 years of Wittelsbach rule to an end. Kurt Eisner (1867 – 1919) proclaimed the "Free State of Bavaria". A spirit of innovation reigned over the country and the situation would not calm down: In February 1919, Eisner was murdered; in April, radical revolutionaries proclaimed the Soviet Republic in Munich. Government troops violently crushed it in May. The constitution adopted in August 1919 finally enshrined parliamentary democracy as a form of government in Bavaria.
About the virtual exhibition
90 outstanding exhibits from archives, libraries and museums will illustrate the decisive changes and upheavals of this period – with all their groundbreaking achievements, but also with their problematic side effects and consequences.
The virtual exhibition is a project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, created in collaboration with the Staaliche Archive Bayerns (Bavarian State Archives) and with the Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (Center of Bavarian History).