TROTZKY, Leon (pseudonym for LEON BRONSTEIN), Russian Socialist: b. Odessa, 1879. In 1900 he was imprisoned at Odessa for participating in a revolutionary labor movement. Since early youth Trotzky has been an ardent advocate of the cause of the Social-Democratic Party, and one of the ablest agitators and orators who have written and spoken in its de fense. He had traveled all over Europe before the outbreak of the War in 1914 (for instance, the social complications resulting from the Balkan Wars led him to tour the Balkans in 1912, for the purpose of social study). The outbreak of the war found him in Vienna, which he left on the same day for Switzerland, where he spent a number of months, engaged in Socialistic agitation. He wrote here an interesting pamphlet, in Russian, of which Ger man and English translations appeared later (one under the title 'The Bolsheviki and World Peace' ; New York 1918), attacking the European Socialistic parties for supporting their governments in the war; in Germany he was punished by a sentence to six months' imprison ment, pronounced in his absence. In Paris, where he next settled (1915), he edited, for the Russian colony, a Socialist weekly, Nashe Savo, but his merciless and uncompromising propa ganda soon led to his exile from France to Spain (this period is interestingly covered in his 'Chapters from My Diary,) written in Russian for Novy Mir; English trans. in The Revolutionary Age, Boston 1918). From Spain he sailed, by way of Cuba, to New York, where he arrived 14 Jan. 1917. During his short stay in America he worked for several weeks as an editor on the Russian Socialist daily Novy Mir, devoting his evenings to lectures in Russian and German (he knows very little English and is not so good a linguist as Lenine) to New York branches of the Socialist party. Immedi ately after receiving news of the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, he sailed from New York for Europe on the Norwegian steamer Christianiafjord 28 March, but was removed 3 April from the ship at Halifax by British au thorities and interned in a concentration camp at Amherst, from which he and his family were only released a month later, when they were permitted to continue their journey on the Danish steamer Hellig Olay. Trotzky's own
description of these experiences will be found in an article 'In British Captivity,' published in The Class Struggle (New York 1918). After his arrival in Petrograd, Trotzky at once be came one of the intellectual leaders of the Bol shevik section of the Social-Democratic party, although he had not, like Lenine, been identified with this movement from its inception in 1903. In June 1917 he established a weekly-propa ganda paper at Petrograd, called V period (For ward), in which a number of articles and speeches in his brilliant and inspiring manner appeared. After the Bolshevik coup d' hat of 6 Nov. 1917, Trotzky became Minister (Peo pie's Comrnissaire) for Foreign Affairs, while Lenine (q.v.) became Premier; later the For eign Affairs portfolio went to Chicherin, while Trotzky headed the Department of the Army and Navy. He was one of the Russian delegates to the Brest-Litovsk conference and signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the delegates of the Central Powers on 9 Feb. 1918. A full ac count of his participation in the Bolshevist coup, as well as in the peace negotiations, will be found in his book 'From October 1917 to Brest Litovsk' (New York 1919). In September 1918 reports of alleged connection between Trotzky and the German government were cir culated in the American press (on these, see LENINE, Nixouu). Rumors of large armies raised and organized by Trotsky, possessing im mense military resources, and intended to in vade Germany in the support of the revolution in that (which opened, largely as a result of Russian propaganda, in November 1918), persisted for many months in 1918-19. Consult Williams, A. R., 'The Bolsheviks and the Soviets' (New York 1918).