The War of 1914 is the most colossal breakdown in history of an economic system destroyed by its own inherent contradictions, wrote Leon Trotsky in this unsurpassed analysis of the driving forces of imperialist war.
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. …
Trotsky wrote this booklet during his two-month stay in Zurich, after being forced to leave Vienna on the evening of August 3rd 1914, the day Germany declared war against France.
Mehring Books is pleased to bring Trotsky’s critical work to a new audience. The version we present here was originally published in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), as a Young Socialists Publication, in 1971.