Chapters from My Diary by Leon Trotzky. Published by The Revolutionary Age, Boston. 1919.

Chapters from My Diary by Leon Trotzky. Published by The Revolutionary Age, Boston. 1919.

A rare collection of Leon Trotsky’s World War One-era diary, serialized beginning in 1918 then published as a pamphlet by Louis Fraina’s Revolutionary Age in 1919.

Contents: I) Serbian Terrorists and French ‘Liberators‘ – Viennese Currents in the First Days of the War, II) In Switzerland – The ‘German Treason’ – Plehkanov – Greulich, III) The Swiss Social Democracy – ‘Gruetli’ – ‘Eintracht’ -Fritz Platten – My German Pamphlet: ‘The War and the International’ – Socialist Appendages to the General Staff, IV) Entering France – Paris – Viviani – Joffre – Briand – Clemenceau, V) Letter to Jules Guesde ‘Socialist’ Member of the ‘French Ministry’ Concerning Trotzky’s Expulsion from France in 1916. 32 pages.

The Revolutionary Age (not to be confused with the 1930s Lovestone group paper of the same name) was a weekly first for the Socialist Party’s Boston Local begun in November, 1918. Under the editorship of early US Communist Louis C. Fraina, and writers like Scott Nearing and John Reed, the paper became the national organ of the SP’s Left Wing Section, embracing the Bolshevik Revolution and a new International. In June 1919, the paper moved to New York City and became the most important publication of the developing communist movement. In August, 1919, it changed its name to ‘The Communist’ (one of a dozen or more so-named papers at the time) as a paper of the newly formed Communist Party of America and ran until 1921.

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