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Isotriya Ruskoy Revolyutsi chapter 1 Isotriya Ruskoy Revolyutsi, meaning Isotriya Ruskoy Revolyutsi, genre Isotriya Ruskoy Revolyutsi, book cover Isotriya Ruskoy Revolyutsi, flies Isotriya Ruskoy Revolyutsi, Isotriya Ruskoy Revolyutsi cf707dc6a3a3c During The First Two Months Of Russia Was Still A Romanov Monarchy Eight Months Later The Bolsheviks Stood At The Helm They Were Little Known To Anybody When The Year Began, And Their Leaders Were Still Under Indictment For State Treason When They Came To Power You Will Not Find Another Such Sharp Turn In History Especially If You Remember That It Involves A Nation Of Million People It Is Clear That The Events Of , Whatever You Think Of Them, Deserve Study Leon Trotsky, From History Of The Russian RevolutionRegarded By Many As Among The Most Powerful Works Of History Ever Written, This Book Offers An Unparalleled Account Of One Of The Most Pivotal And Hotly Debated Events In World History This Book Reveals, From The Perspective Of One Of Its Central Actors, The Russian Revolution S Profoundly Democratic, Emancipatory CharacterOriginally Published In Three Parts, Trotsky S Masterpiece Is Collected Here In A Single Volume It Serves As The Most Vital And Inspiring Record Of The Russian Revolution To Date T He Greatest History Of An Event That I Know C L R James In Trotsky All Passions Were Aroused, But His Thought Remained Calm And His Vision Clear His Involvement In The Struggle, Far From Blurring His Sight, Sharpens It The History Is His Crowning Work, Both In Scale And Power And As The Fullest Expression Of His Ideas On Revolution As An Account Of A Revolution, Given By One Of Its Chief Actors, It Stands Unique In World Literature Isaac Deutscher


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    A Note About the AuthorPreface History of the Russian Revolution Volume One The Overthrow of Tsarism Chronological Table for Volume OneAppendix IAppendix IIAppendix III Introduction to Volumes Two and Three History of the Russian Revolution Volume Two The Attempted Counterrevolution History of the Russian Revolution Volume Three The Triumph of the Soviets Appendix NoteAppendix I Some Legends of the BureaucracyAppendix II Socialism in a Separate CountryAppendix III Historic References on the Theory of Permanent Revolution Chronological TableA Short List of Principal PersonsA Short List of Principal PlacesA Brief Glossary of Unfamiliar TermsA List of Parties and Political GroupsIndex


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    All Power to the Soviets Written in three parts some years after the Revolution of 1917, Trotsky sets out to give a detailed history of the events of that year, combined with his analysis of what led to Russia being ripe for revolution at that moment in time He admits to his own bias, but claims that he has rigorously fact checked, including only what can be verified in written records In order to stop the book reading like an autobiography or memoir, he refers to himself in the third person throughout I ended up with 24 A4 pages of notes on this 900 page book, so will be summarising and paraphrasing brutally to keep this review even close to a readable length Given the complexity of the subject, it s highly likely that a different reader would disagree with my interpretations or emphases.Trotsky begins by giving a fascinating explanation of why revolutions arise, and how they differ from other forms of changes of government, even violent ones His position is that the involvement of the masses is key that a tipping point is reached when people suddenly feel they cannot tolerate the existing regime any longer Therefore the masses create the demagogue to lead them once that point is reached, rather than the demagogue being the starting point This section, and other sections where Trotsky talks in general terms on political theory, are excellent intelligent, concise and clear and the translation is remarkable, especially for such a complex subject The translator, Max Eastman, knew Trotsky and was well aware of the events under discussion, which perhaps makes his translation transcend the literal.Next Trotsky explains the historical background which brought Russia to the tipping point His argument, in summary, is that for geographical and cultural reasons Russia was a backwards nation, politically and economically, so that, when it came under pressure from the encroaching Western powers to industrialise and modernise, it did so by jumping some of the steps that those developed countries had already gone through He calls this the law of combined development This sudden industrialisation led to skewed figures in terms of the percentage of the population employed in huge industrial concerns this new industrial class, the proletariat, forming an ideal environment for revolutionary ideas to ferment And the increased poverty and suffering brought on by the lengthy war an imperialist war sped up the natural progression towards the revolutionary tipping point At all stages, Trotsky s argument is that the pressure for revolution came from the masses upwards, and that the Bolsheviks merely gave guidance to the process of insurrection through providing a Marxist based political education to the workers.Trotsky next speaks of the Romanovs and their supporters, and it s here that any pretence of impartiality or balance disappears entirely Trotsky s words positively drip hatred and venom He criticises their intelligence, understanding, lack of compassion, cruelty He compares them to other monarchies overthrown in earlier revolutions, specifically the French and English, but ranging widely and knowledgeably over centuries of history His anger and scorn come through in every word, and, while the various overthrown Kings are shown as weak and contemptible, he puts much of the blame on the Queens in virulent, misogynistic prose.The whole establishment of the historical, political and philosophical background to the Revolution is excellent, so long as the reader keeps Trotsky s bias firmly in mind at all times The following sections then go into an extremely detailed blow by blow account of the period from February the beginning of the 1917 insurrection to October, when the Bolsheviks finally came to power I found these parts much harder to follow, because Trotsky assumes a good deal of familiarity with the political stance of the many factions and personalities involved, and therefore often doesn t explain them I found I was constantly referring to the lists at the back of the book, which give brief summaries of each of the parties and explain the unfamiliar terms that appear frequently in the text These lists are very good in that they are concise and focused, but I still found myself confused and glazing over at many points As the book goes on and on , I gradually grew to have a greater understanding of all these factions and their leaders, so that the last third was much clearer to me than the middle section when they are referred to first If I had the strength of mind, I m sure that a re read of those middle chapters would be much easier, but on the whole, by the end, I felt I had gleaned enough to understand the overall progress of the Revolution even if some of the detail had passed over my head.In terms of the writing itself, there s a real mix When Trotsky is detailing the technical stuff, it can be very dry with long, convoluted sentences full of Marxist jargon, which require concentration At other times, mainly when talking of Stalin or the bourgeoisie, he is sarcastic and often quite humorous The Romanovs and imperialists in general bring out his anger and contempt These are all written in the past tense But when he gets misty eyed about the masses, describing a rally or demonstration or some other part of the struggle, he drifts into present tense, becoming eloquent and, I admit, inspirational, writing with real power and emotionalism, and rising almost to the point of poeticism at times I would find my critical faculties had switched off, and become suddenly aware of tears in my eyes the power of the demagogue reaching beyond speech onto paper, indeed These passages break up the factual stuff, and remind the reader that Trotsky was an observer, a participant and a passionate leader in the events he s describing By the time Trotsky was writing this, Lenin was of course dead, and Stalin had come to power Trotsky appears to have three major aims in addition to recounting the history firstly, to show that he himself played a crucial and central role in events secondly, to prove that while he and Lenin may have disagreed on some practical issues, their political philosophies had been closely aligned and thirdly, and leading on from the previous two, that Stalin s attempt to re write history must be exposed and repudiated Stalin, Trotsky suggests, is deliberately changing history as it relates to Lenin and Trotsky, in order to justify his own policies which, by extension, Trotsky believes are out of line with the Marxist Leninist origins of the Revolution Again, he often assumes understanding of the variations between Marxism, Leninism, Trotskyism and Stalinism than this poor reader has, and it began to feel like those endless nights down the pub in the 70s when my fellow leftist unionists usually the men would start arguing over abstruse points of political ideology and calling each other names, generally after their fifth pint or so It all seemed rather trivial, though that feels like an inappropriate word given the many millions of people who have suffered and died under the yoke of these ideologies over decades But Trotsky s sycophancy over Lenin, self aggrandisement, and sarcasm and spite towards Stalin ensured that any lingering affection I may have harboured for the idea of a socialist revolution dissipated long before I reached the end of the book Power undoubtedly corrupts and I couldn t quite see that the leadership of the USSR was much improvement over the admittedly hideous Romanovs in the end.A fascinating book, not by any means an easy read, but certainly an enlightening and worthwhile one It gets the full five stars from me, though I freely admit the fifth one may be due purely to the euphoria I felt on finishing.NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Penguin Modern Classics.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com


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    I feel like I just hiked a barren mountain in a cold rain, alone what a tug, this book I sure hope Trotsky was a better revolutionary than an author Given how his life ended that may be a toss up What did I learn from Leon I learned the Russian revolution was pure chaos In the end, whoever aggregated the most rifles, machine guns, ard cars, soldiers, and, oddly, bicycles prevailed, in this case, the Bolsheviks It s interesting that given Russia s large land mass, the defining historical events were limited to Petrograd, and, to a lesser extent, Moscow.Did the Tsar and the landed aristocracy deserve their fates Given their unwillingness to come to terms with the profound economic and social distortions in Russian life, it s hard to rouse much sympathy for them The pressures building among the masses could, with a modest amount of enlightenment, have probably been vented Entrance into war, of course, provided an accelerant Putting guns into the hands of large numbers of the dissafected is, I suppose, a really, really bad idea And there was no shortage of dissafected.As a writer, Trotsky s prose is unrelentingly dogmatic and formulaic To Trotsky, Russian history is rather the movement of concrete polyhedrons with affixed names like peasants, bourgeoisie, factory workers, Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, Kadets, kulaks, Social Revolutionaries, Cossacks, etc And how many times did Trotsky dwell on Irakli Tsereteli, who, as best I can tell, is deserving of a minor footnote, at most, in the saga of Russia s revolution.Well, I m finished, and those, it seems, are the kindest words I can render for Leon Trotsky s History of the Russian Revolution.I m giving this title three stars only because of the historical importance of the first hand account It really deserves a Quarantine Stay Away sign.


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    I read two adbridgements of major books as an adolescent One was Gibbon s Decline and Fall, the other Trotsky s History Years later I reread the complete Decline, but have yet to do the History Additionally, as an even younger person, I even read condensed works of fiction usually from Readers Digests books which Nanny, our paternal grandmother, had around her cottage in Michigan.All of this is mentioned as a kind of confession I would never do such a thing today Indeed, by college, I wouldn t even read the portions of books assigned without finishing the rest of the work Virtually the only exceptions to this practice were assignments from volumes containing collected selections from various sources, many of which were inaccessible to me.Reading all of Gibbon was certainly worth the effort Reading all of Trotsky would likely be similarly rewarding With Gibbon, much of the funnier and most controversial parts had been left out of the abridgement, particularly the stuff about the Church and the author s attitude towards it With Trotsky, I can only wonderThis notwithstanding, I found this condensed History a page turner, enlivened by the fact that its author was a participant in many of the events he describes.


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    A phenomenal work of historical and political writing Every bit as good as its reputation suggests I m chagrined I ve been so delinquent in arriving at this title Now that I m in it I am loving the experience Superbly written arcing in scope chock full of razor keen insight and observation Here is Trotsky at the height of his elocution What a mind the man had.


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    OK I really likes this book The modestly told tale of Trotsky s personal life is beautifully woven with the monumental tale of the crisis of capital, war and the class struggle The will of millions, the reviled heroes and honored betrayers all are summed up calmly and masterfully The man writes like he lived with an unshaken confidence in the course of human history.


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    Trotsky s book is divided into 3 volumes, The Overthrow of Tsarism, the History of the Russian Revolution and the Triumph of the Soviets The first volume primarily looks at Russia under Tsarism, the February Revolution, the Provisional Government and the initial formulation of a new strategy upon the arrival of Lenin back to Russia Volume Two is focused on the events between the February and October Revolutions, ranging from the Counter Revolutionary conspiracies to the ups and downs in the confidence of the masses towards the government and other political parties Volume Three covers the culmination of the two previous volumes in the October Revolution, delving at depth into the decision making processes in the moments before the revolution, during the revolution and the initial period after its successful completion in Petrograd.This book took me a long time to read, whilst its not a difficult read its not an easy one either, especially if you do not have a vast knowledge of this period of Russian history The book should be read in its entirety rather than skipping chapters to areas of interest, otherwise its very difficult to gain a full comprehension of events due to Trotsky often jumping between different periods as he tries to explain his reasoning behind the causes of these events, it should be noted that even with this to and fro jumping about its not a hard to follow narrative I was very interested in the political theories of the Bolsheviks, the views on the Social structure of the country and the actions they undertook to accomplish the revolution, and Trotsky does not hold back in any of those areas The author goes into extensive detail using a cause and effect methodology, often spending multiple pages explaining the Bolshevik policies and how they came about, to the extent that if the reader does not have a specific interest in learning these, they will most likely end up skipping multiple pages of this book The author quotes extensively from leading characters and documents of the time, always going on to explain his opinion of the text rather than leaving it to the reader to deduce for themselves, whilst at times this can become a bit jarring, it is extremly useful for a thorough understanding of the political spectrum at the time.In summary if you are looking for a casual overview of the Russian Revolution between February 1917 and October 1917, or simply for a detailed timeline of events, then this is not the book for you If you are interested in the first hand account of a Bolshevik theorist big hint as to what type of read this is into the lead up to the Russian Revolution, the Revolution itself, and learning about the political and sociological forces at play, then this is a required and fantastic read.The translation is top notch and doesn t suffer from the commonly seen misrepresentation of words forcing the reader to loose the true meaning.The reader should also ensure they read the appendix, its a bit of a diatribe against Stalin and other Bolsheviks Trotsky considered as failing the revolution but gives invaluable insight into the thinking and conflicts of the Bolshevik leadership during the year 1917, and although only brief, we get a glimspe of Trotsky s personal views on his fellow revolutionary leaders, if anything it highlights just how isolated Lenin truly was at this pivotal period in history.


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    Let s get this out of the way yes, Trotsky s history is self serving, both as a defense of the October Revolution and as a prop for Trotsky s own status as a revolutionary.But this gets five stars for a number of reasons, first and foremost because Trotsky writes a gripping narrative that delves deep into the sociology that underpins 1917 But the real treasure in this read is the historical significance has any other prime mover of such a massive historical event written an analytical history of that event Other than memoirs, to my knowledge nothing else comes close.Trotsky s greatest strength as an analyst is his understanding of the sociology of pre revolutionary Russia and the social forces which propelled the revolution forward His weakness and the weakness of Bolshevism in general is his blind faith in the science of history and revolution, that a scientific view of history and application of revolutionary technique could only produce such a result This mechanistic view of society and how to manipulate it is the seed from which the totalitarian state grew.This is a historical document of huge importance that also makes for a great read Absolutely essential.


  9. says:

    Trotsky s masterpiece and not only the greatest work of history, but a great work of literature Aristotle, in the Poetics, said a gift for metaphor is the surest sign of literary genius And Trotsky s gift for metaphor is second only to the likes of Shakespeare, Homer and Milton.


  10. says:

    An unsurpassed contribution to history of the Russian Revolution in particular and to the Marxist analysis of history in general The best book I ever read


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