Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Militarism and Anti-militarism, 1918

by Karl Liebknecht

image from Red Clydeside collection

'Militarism and Anti-militarism' by Karl Liebknecht was originally published in Germany in 1907 and immediately banned by the German authorities. The author was imprisoned for treason.

Karl Liebknecht was originally a member of the SDP in Germany and later one of the founding members of the Communist Party in Germany. Liebknecht was a fierce opponent of the first world war and was jailed in 1916 for anti-war agitation. Karl Liebknecht and fellow German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg were both murdered by the Freikorps in 1919.

This copy of the Militarism and Anti-militarism, published by the Socialist Labour Press in Glasgow, is a good example of the way in which Glasgow-based socialists disseminated and published socialist literature by international revolutionary figures during the Red Clydeside period.

Source: Bissett Collection, Glasgow University Special Collections