chapter  2
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Bukharin and Trotsky

WithPierre Broué

Boris Nicolaevsky, in an interview in 1964, tells of his Paris meetings with Nikolai Bukharin in 1936. Bukharin and Leon Trotsky met in Vienna on several occasions between the end of 1912 and August 1914. Bukharin also met Trotsky's family, which implies some degree of intimacy. Trotsky and Bukharin held opposing views about the American movement. Bukharin was convinced that a quick schism was necessary, a split between the Left and the Socialist Party of America (SPA), as well as the formation of a new party. Trotsky thought that the situation had not yet sufficiently ripened and insisted on revolutionaries remaining in the SPA, while publishing their own independent paper. Both Trotsky and Bukharin established important positions in their march to power. Trotsky was the man of the party in Petrograd, Bukharin the Bolshevik leader in Moscow. Bukharin had been a member of the party since 1906.