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History of the Russian Revolution
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More importantly, it's one of the best books ever written about revolution, as relevant today as ever.
The most important conclusion that emerges is the crucial role of a revolutionary party with an overwhelmingly working class membership, leadership and political orientation: a party that has trained itself in the many years of partial struggles that precede a revolutionary crisis; studied together the lessons of past revolutionary struggles throughout the world; and done everything possible to educate broader layers of workers in those lessons.
(The point is illustrated both positively and negatively. More than once, Lenin had to turn to the Bolshevik's working class rank and file against wavering intellectuals in the party leadership.)
Please don't be put off by the first chapter, the driest and most difficult in the book. The basic idea is that capitalism arrived late in Russia, imported from abroad in the form of huge factories, which laid the basis for the rapid development of a strong, militant labor movement. As a result, the emerging capitalist class was reluctant to mobilize the masses against the feudal nobles and landlords that stood in their way, for fear that the aroused workers might turn on the capitalists themselves.
Under the impact of war and economic crisis, the resulting mixture of different forms of class oppression exploded in a combined revolt of workers, farmers, and oppressed nationalities, destroying both feudalism and capitalism by the time it was through.Read more ›
The life of Leon Trotsky is intimately intertwined with the rise and decline of the Russian Revolution in the first part of the 20th century. As a young man, like an extraordinary number of talented Russian youth, he entered the revolutionary struggle against Czarism in the late 1890's. Shortly thereafter he embraced what became a lifelong devotion to a Marxist political perspective.Read more ›
Max Eastman, who was a friend of Trotsky, gives us a translation that feels tremendously fresh and was enthusiastically endorsed by Trotsky himself.
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This sweeping and beautifully written description and analysis of the two Russian revolutions of 1917 is a great work of history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Sarles
I have read over 100 books on Russian History. But none of them rise to the heights of Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution. He was a master of prose and historiography. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Grimpen Post Master
Tackling this marvellous but massive book is a challenge – but it is also very rewarding.
Marxism is often accused of being “deterministic”, that is, of focusing on... Read more
Trotsky was one of the great political thinkers of the last century. However, because of his association with the October revolution and the amazing denigration by Stalin, he... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Louis A. Coutts
This book is historically significant but ponderous to an extreme. If you want to know every last detail of what Trotsky thought about the Russian revolution (a very one-sided... Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. Burns
It is what it is. A very, very long and detailed account of the Russian revolution by one of it's most active participants. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
it's long but I'm reading it now. Trotsky's masterpiece of the history of the Russian revolution by one who was a part of it A great history filled with personal opinions and even... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Frederick Mazie
This is a wonderful book, and the movie equally mirrored the underlying message. Mr. D'Souza did a wonderful job. Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by Karen S. Hansen
This book gives a unique insight into the "ten days that shook the world." Never before had the working class siezed power and held on to it. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by MR D MCMILLAN