Mehring Books is pleased to bring back to a new audience Leon Trotsky’s critical work, The War and the International (1915). The version we present here was originally published in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), as a Young Socialists Publication, in 1971. This booklet was written in 1914 during Trotsky’s two month stay in Zurich where he had arrived from Vienna, which he left on the evening of August 3rd, the day Germany declared war against France. It contains an unsurpassed analysis of the driving forces of imperialist war.
Trotsky wrote, “World production revolts not only against the confusion produced by national and state divisions but also against the capitalist economic organizations, which has now turned into barbarous disorganization and chaos. … The War of 1914 is the most colossal breakdown in history of an economic system destroyed by its own inherent contradictions.”