Leon Trotsky and World War One: August 1914-March 1917

Thatcher, Ian Dennis (1993) Leon Trotsky and World War One: August 1914-March 1917. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis is the first full account of Trotsky's writings penned between August 1914 and March 1917. The source material used is almost exclusively primary, both published and archival, some of which is examined here for the first time. Each of Trotsky's concerns as a thinker and publicist is illustrated, and each debate followed to its conclusion. The main findings of this thesis are as follows. Trotsky's analysis of the causes of the war and his programmatic response to it were logical and consistent. Second, although he hoped to unite all internationalists around his war programme, differences of opinion with the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks meant that his plans on this issue remained unfulfilled. Third, Trotsky's major concern of the First World War period was to combat social-patriotism, i.e., socialists who argued that it was the proletariat's duty to defend its respective homelands. Finally, several areas for further investigation which arise out of this thesis are suggested.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: James D White
Keywords: Slavic literature, Russian history
Date of Award: 1993
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1993-75681
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 18:57
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 18:57
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/75681

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