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History of the Russian Revolution

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ISBN-10: 1931859450

ISBN-13: 9781931859455

Edition: 2007

Authors: Leon Trotsky, Ahmed Shawki

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Published for the ninetieth anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this edition of Leon Trotsky's masterpiece, with a new foreword by Ahmed Shawki, tells the epic story of the remarkable events that transformed the history of Russia-and the world-forever. Leon Trotsky was a leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution and is author of My Life and The Revolution Betrayed. Ahmed Shawki is editor of International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation and Socialism.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1040
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.508
Language: English

Leon Trotsky was born Lev Davidovich Bronshteyn, the son of a prosperous Jewish farmer in the Ukraine. Sent to Odessa for his secondary-school education, he became a member of a Marxist circle in 1896. Imprisoned many times, he escaped from exile in Siberia in 1902 by using the name of a jailer called Trotsky on a false passport. During World War I, he lived in Switzerland, France, and New York City, where he edited the newspaper Novy Mir (New World). In 1917, after the overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II, he went back to Russia and joined Lenin in the first, abortive, July Revolution of the Bolsheviks. A key organizer of the successful October Revolution, he was People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs in the Lenin regime. But antagonism developed between him and Joseph Stalin during the Civil War of 1918--20, and after Lenin's death Stalin exiled him. Trotsky fled across Siberia to Norway, France, and finally Mexico, carrying with him source material on his experiences in the revolution. In Mexico he began working on the biography of his bitter enemy Stalin in a heavily barred and guarded home in Coyoacan. He realized he was racing against time and was able to complete 7 of the 12 chapters before a member of the Soviet secret police managed to work his way into the household by posing as a convert to Trotskyism. An attempt made on Trotsky's life in May 1940 was unsuccessful. Two months later another attempt was made. This one was successful---Trotsky was killed with a pickax at the desk where he was writing "Stalin," and the manuscript was spattered with its author's blood. The construction of the remaining five chapters was accomplished by the translator Charles Malamuth, from notes, worksheets, and fragments. Malamuth's translation of the initial chapters had been completed and checked by Trotsky before his death. A ruthless, energetic, and messianic visionary, Trotsky inspired both confidence and mistrust among those around him. In his later years, he was the focus of communists opposed to Stalin. A writer of power and venom, he was an advocate of permanent world revolution.

A Note About the Author
The Overthrow of Tsarism
Peculiarities of Russia's Development
Tsarist Russia in the War
The Proletariat and the Peasantry
The Tsar and the Tsarina
The Idea of a Palace Revolution
The Death Agony of the Monarchy
Five Days
Who Led the February Insurrection?
The Paradox of the February Revolution
The New Power
Dual Power
The Executive Committee
The Army and the War
The Ruling Group and the War
The Bolsheviks and Lenin
Rearming the Party
The April Days
The First Coalition
The Offensive
The Peasantry
Shifts in the Masses
The Congress of Soviets and the June Demonstration
Chronological Table for Volume One
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
The Attempted Counterrevolution
Introduction to Volumes Two and Three
The July Days: Preparation and Beginning
The July Days: Culmination and Rout
Could the Bolsheviks Have Seized the Power?
The Month of the Great Slander
The Counterrevolution Lifts Its Head
Kerensky and Kornilov
The State Conference in Moscow
Kerensky's Plot
Kornilov's Insurrection
The Bourgeoisie Measures Strength with the Democracy
The Masses Under Attack
The Rising Tide
The Bolsheviks and the Soviets
The Last Coalition
The Triumph of the Soviets
The Peasantry Before October
The Problem of Nationalities
Withdrawal from the Pre-Parliament and Struggle for the Congress of Soviets
The Military Revolutionary Committee
Lenin Summons to Insurrection
The Art of Insurrection
The Conquest of the Capital
The Capture of the Winter Palace
The October Insurrection
The Congress of the Soviet Dictatorship
Some Legends of the Bureaucracy
Socialism in a Separate Country
Historic References on the Theory of "Permanent Revolution"
Chronological Table
A Short List of Principal Persons
A Short List of Principal Places
A Brief Glossary of Unfamiliar Terms
A List of Parties and Political Groups