MIA: History: International: Communist International: The Communist International [New Series, Vol. 2, 1924-1927]

Workers of the World Unite!
The Communist International
Organ of the Executive Committee of the Communist International
The New Series [Vol. 2], 1924-1926

The following numbers are those of the journal, THE COMMUNIST INTERNATIONAL, Organ of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, English Edition. This New Series starts with a memorial number to Lenin immediately after his death. The numbers are not dated. The First 4 are said to be edited by Zinoviev and Radek – after that no editor is given.

We are presenting here pdf files of the the original series of The Communist International published in English in London 1919 - 1924. These we are calling “Volume 1”. Numbers 1 - 23 by Google from the 1968 Greenwood Reprint of these issues, but with numerous flaws (included particularly poor scans of the photo plates in them, and some scrambled pages). Marty Goodman of the Riazanov Library digital archive project repaired some of the flaws in those Google scans, which we now present here. Issues 24 - 30 were scanned by Marty Goodman from the Greenwood reprints, with some enhancements from scans of covers of original issues.

Even back in 1968, when Greenwood Press was making its reprint of The Communist International, many English language issues of CI in that first series of 30 issue numbers were not available. Greenwood Press appears to not have been sure whether they simply were never printed, or whether they were lost to history. Greenwood Press presented for these number issues German language issues. We provide these here.

Additionally, both Greenwood Press in its introduction to its reprint and we of Marxists.org now, too, apologize for the fact that quality of text in the originals that were reproduced by Greenwood Press... and thus in these digital reproductions... for some of the original old series of CI is extremely poor.

The “New Series”(what we are calling Volume 2) of Communist International in English, Numbers 1 - 23 1924 - early 1926, we are also presenting here. About 2/3 of these were scanned by Marty Goodman of the Riazanov Library digital archive project from the 1968 Greenwood Reprint. The remaining 1/3 were scanned from original issues of Communist International, meticulously disassembled into signatures and scanned at high resolution, with the pages absolutely flat during the scan.

All Communist International files posted here have OCR, and most have been constructed so that an Acrobat display of thumbnails of the files provides exact correspondence between the numbers on the thumbnails and the page numbers in the issue (exceptions are those cases where CI put two pages numbers on each page... one for each column on the same page).

The filenames contain flags that inform re the origin of the scans:

Note regarding volume names:

The first series of Communist International bore no name or volume number. It includes issues numbers 1 - 30. Published in London 1919 - early 1924. It is often referred to as the “original series”or as the “old series”. The latter because the next series is officially called the “New Series”. We are calling this Volume 1 in the file names of the pdf files provided here.

The second series of Communist International stated on it that it was the “New Series”. It includes issues numbers 1-23. This spans early 1924 through early 1926. We are noting it as “new series”in the volume names (because it calls itself that in print), but also calling “Volume 2". After that, the Communist International began assigning Volume numbers to subsequent runs of issue numbers. Starting with Volume 3 for October, November, and December of 1926. Hence our back-numbering of Volume 2 and Volume 1. It wasn't until Volume 8, 1931, that a given volume number was assigned to a single year of publication of CI.

Here is a text file listing the Series / Volume numbers and dates of issues of CI.

Note things get a bit muddled after 1934, when CI began to be published both in London and in New York City, with different content in same numbered issues, and even different issue numbers. Our listing is primarily if not entirely of the London-published issues.

Pamphlets and publications material from the Communist Party of Great Britain that were advertised in the pages of The Communist International. Digitized as part of this project.

“The New Series [Vol. 2]”

PDFs of issues

Number 1, 1924 [sometimes referred to as Jubilee Number]

Nikolai Lenin – G. Zinoviev
The Great Proletarian Leader – A. Martynov
Lenin as a Theoretician – U. Thalheimer
The Literary Legacy of Ilyitch – L. B. Kamenev
Extracts from Lenin’s Writings
The Fifth Anniversary of the Comintern – G. Zinoviev
From the International of Word to the International of Deed – C. Zektin
The Comintern and the Far East – S. Katayama
Under the Leadership of Russia – O. Kuusinen
The Capitalist Terror – F. Kohn
The Third International and its Place in History – N. Lenin
Manifesto re First Congress of the Communist International
Conditions of Admission to the Communist International
Five Years! – V. Kolarov, P. Pascal, U. Terracinni, I. Amter, R.S., Dmitrov, “K,” Schüller

Number 2, 1924

Notes of a Publicist – N. Lenin
Further extacts from Lenin’s Writings
The Proletarian Struggle for Power in Germany – H. Remmele
Tactical Differences in the K.P.D. – A. Maslov
Lessons of German Events – G. Zinoviev
The Propaganda of Leninism – Bela Kun

Number 3, 1924

The Proletarian Struggle for Power in Germany – H. Remmele
The Tactical Difference in the K.P.D. – A. Maslov
To the Congress of the German Communist Party – Clara Zetkin
The British Labour Government – K. Radek

Number 4, 1924

The Lenin Enrolment – G. Zinoviev
An Historical Document – V Lenin
The World-wide Field of Activity of the Communist International – Clara Zetkin
Fundamental Problems of the World Trade Union Movement – A. Losovsky
National Question in Czecho-Slovakia – Karl Kriebich
The National Question in the Balkans – V. Kolarov
Resolution on the Question of Nationalities
Organisational Problems of Comintern Sections – Ossip Piatnitsky
The International Peasants’ Council – U. Krasni
The Doctrine of Self-Determination – M. N. Roy
How the Comintern grew in the First Five Years of its Existence – G. Zinoviev

Number 5, 1924

War and Leninism – G. Zinoviev
Ten Years Ago and After – J. T. Murphy
Economic Causes and Consequences of the World War – E. Varga
War Losses – E. Varga
What War did to America – William F. Dunne
They Betrayed the Workers with a Lie – J. T. Murphy
The German Labour Movement and the War – Schlaffer
The French Proletariat and Imperialist War – A. Dunois
The Old Austrian Social Patriotism – Alois Neurath
The European War and the Labour Movement in the Balkans – Dimitrov
Pacifism as the Servant of Imperialism – L. Trotsky

Number 6, 1924

Main Factors in the Present International Situation – Stalin
British Imperialism in China – G. Voitinisky
The London Conference
Exit Hoeglund – D. Manuilsky
On the 60th Anniversary of the First International – Bela Kun
On Marx’s Letters to Kugelmann: On Marx’s Relation to Lenin – Heinz Neumann
Anti-Imperialist Struggle in India – M. N. Roy
Letters from Afar – N. Lenin
How to Attain Peace – N. Lenin

Number 7, 1924

Resolution on Report of E.C. of C.I.
Theses on Tactics
Theses on World Economic Situation
Statutes of the Comintern
Resolution on Re-organisation
Propaganda Theses
Reolution on T.U. Question
Tactics in the T.U. Movement
Resolution on British Labour Government
Resolution on National Question in Central Europe and Balkans
Resolution on Relations with International Peasants’ Council
Resolution on Co-operatives
Theses on Young Communist International
Resolutions on Sports, International Red Aid, Workers’ International Relief and the Russian Question
Resolution of R.C.P. on Petty-Bourgeois Deviation
Polish Resolution, Swedish Question, Norwegian Question, Iceland, Marx-Engels Institute, Souvarine Resolution

Number 8, 1925

Seven Years: The First Anniversary of the Revolution without Lenin – G. Zinoviev
The British Working Class after the Elections – R. Palme Dutt
Lessons of the Election in England – A. Martinov
The Negro in America – James Jackson
The Georgian Adventure – Martinov
The First Stage of the Civil War in China – Semenov
France Since the Fifth Congress – Albert Treint
The Situation in Yugo-Slavia – Boshkovitch
Book Reviews

Number 9, 1925

How a Mass Communist Party will Come in Britain – J. T. Murphy
New Imperialist Attack in the East – Karl Radek
The Future of the La Follette Movement
Comrade Sommerling
Comrade Jan Tomp
How and Why they Lie about the Comintern
Communists’ Hunger Strike in Egypt – Nefnil Ahmed
Immediate Task of the Soviet Government in the Countryside – A. Martinov
Against Mere Lip Service to the Dictatorship – N. Lenin
Delimitation of National Bounderies in Soviet Central Asia – Feizulla Khodjaev
The U.S.S.R. and the National Question – M. Rafes

Number 10, 1925

The Labour Party and the Workers’ Struggle – C. M. Roebuck
Anglo-American Imperialist Co-operation – John Pepper
The Italian Communist Party after the Fifth Congress
Bolshevisation of the Parties – D. Manuilsky
Events in the Balkans and Prospects of a Workers’ and Peasants’ Revolution
The Economic Position and Problems of the Russian Soviet Union – G. Krumin
Marxism and Leninism – Jan Sten

Number 11, 1925

Results of the Enlarged Plenum of the E.C.C.I. – D. Manuilsky
The Conference of the Sections of the Communist International on Organisation – O. Piatnitsky
President Hindenburg – Heinz Neumann
Who Will Lead? – M. N. Roy
The Dawes Plan and the Stabilisation of Capitalism – E. Varga
Class Divisions in the United States – Jay Lovestone
Revue des Revues – Maletsky
On “The Dishonest Book” of the English Delegation and the “Honest” Criticism of Friedrich Adler – G. Smoliansky

Number 12, 1925
Published at 16 King St., Covent Garden, London, W.C.2
Edited by Zinoviev and Radek

The Situation in Canada – W. Moriarty
The War in Morocco – P. Semard
The New Tasks in the Rural Districts of the U.S.S.R. – X.X X.
Partial Capitalist Stabilisation and our Tasks – G. Zinoviev
The British Working Class movement, the Left-wing and the Communist Party – R. Palme Dutt

Number 13, 1925
Published at 16 King St., Covent Garden, London, W.C.2
Edited by Zinoviev and Radek

China Awakened – FR
The Provocation of Karl Kautsky – A. Martynov
Economic Depression in Germany – I. K. Sorge
“The Accumulation of Capital” (Bukharin) – L. Rudas
The Mensheviks also turn towards the Village – A. Martynov
The Coming of the Mass Communist Party in Britain – J. T. Murphy

Number 14, 1925
Published at 16 King St., Covent Garden, London, W.C.2
Edited by Zinoviev and Radek

American Imperialism – America To-Day – Jay Lovestone
The Social Basis of the Tsankoff Government – V. Kolarov
British Imperialist Plot Against the U.S.S.R. – A. Martynov
The First Bolshevik Congress (For the 10th Anniversary) – N. Lenzner
Letter from the E.C.C.I. to all Organisations and Members of the Communist Party of Germany
Rosa Luxemburg: Introduction to Political Economy – B.L.

Number 15, 1925
Published at 16 King St., Covent Garden, London, W.C.2
Edited by Zinoviev and Radek

Paris–Breslau–Scarborough – A. Lozovsky
The Congress of the Second International – G. Valetzky
Zinoviev’s Discussions with German Workers’ Delegation
Is the Soviet Economic System Socialised? – S. Strumilin
Book Reviews

Number 16, 1925

Our International Position – G. Zinoviev
The Guarantee Pact – X.X.X.
Otto Bauer: The Biggest Man in the International – A Martynov
“Red Friday” and After – R. Palme Dutt
Book Reviews

Number 17, 1925

The Labour Movement in China – I. Heller
The National Revolutionary Movement in China and the Tactics of the Chinese Communist Party
Events in Persia – Andrei Chervoni
Syria in the Struggle for Independence – P. Kataigorodsky
Universal Suffrage in Japan – Sen Katayama
The Japanese Proletarian Party – B. Vasiliev
International Imperialism and the Communist Party of Indonesia – Semoan
The Labour Movement in Turkey – P. Kitaigorodsky

Numbers 18 & 19, 1925

Eight Years of Revolution – Zinoviev
M. V. Frunze and the Red Army – C.I. Gussev
After the White Terror – Bela Kun
The 1905 Revolution and Bourgeois Europe – M. Pokrovsky
Party and Leader Crises in the C.P. of Germany – Pieck
Ways and Obstacles to the World Revolution – E. Varga
The Revolutionary Movement in the East – “X”
Position and Perspectives of Socialist Industry in the U.S.S.R. – E. Kviring
Persecution of C.P.G.B. and Offensive against the Working Class – E. H. Brown
The Elections in Czecho-Slovakia – B. Smeral
Nature and Forms of Agitprop Work – Bela Kun
On International Party History – N. L.
Asiatic and Pacific Ocean Labour Conferences – J. P.
Book Reviews

Number 20, 1926

Letter of Information from the C.C. of the A.U.C.P.
re Decisions of the Fourteenth Party Congress
The International Situation and Perspectives of Class Struggle in 1926 – X.X.X
The Independent Labour Party and a Single International – Bennet *
A Sign of the Times: the New Agrarian Programme of the Austrian Social-Democrats – A. Martynov
How has Stabilisation Reflected on the Situation of the Working Class? – G. Smolyansky

Number 21, June 1926

Britain’s First General Strike – R. Palme Dutt
The Social Basis of Fascism in Italy – E Ercoli
The Situation in China – G Voitinsky
The New Economic Policy of British Imperialism – M. N. Roy
Book Reviews

Number 22, 1926

The General Council’s Fourth of August – G. Zinoviev
Problems of the British Labour Movement – L. Trotsky
The British General Strike: Its Place in History – Thalheimer
From Chartists to Communists – A Martynov
“Jim” Connolly and the Irish Rising of 1916 – G. Schüller
Book Review

Number 23, 1926

Revolutionary Struggle of the British Workers – E. Varga
The “Ultra-Left” – D. Manuilsky
The German Situation – H. Remmele
G. M. Serrati – E. Ercoli
Chili and Angle-American Imperialism – J. F. Penelon
Book Reviews


*  (“A. J. Bennett,” pseudonym for Max Goldfarb)