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Trotsky a biography by Robert Service

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Published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in Cambridge, Mass .
Written in English


  • Trotsky, Leon, -- 1879-1940,
  • Revolutionaries -- Soviet Union -- Biography,
  • Statesmen -- Soviet Union -- Biography,
  • Exiles -- Russia -- Biography,
  • Communism -- Soviet Union -- History,
  • Russia -- Politics and government -- 1894-1917,
  • Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936

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Trotsky is perhaps the most intriguing and, given his prominence, the most understudied of the Soviet revolutionaries. Using new archival sources, Robert Service offers new insights. He discusses Trotsky"s fractious relations with the leaders he was trying to unify; his attempt to disguise his political closeness to Stalin; and his role in the early 1920s as the progenitor of political and cultural Stalinism. Trotsky evinced a surprisingly glacial and schematic approach to making revolution. Service recounts Trotsky"s role in the botched German revolution of 1923; his willingness to subject Europe to a Red Army invasion in the 1920s; and his assumption that peasants could easily be pushed onto collective farms. Although Trotsky"s followers clung to the stubborn view of him as a pure revolutionary and a powerful intellect unjustly hounded into exile by Stalin, the reality is very different.--From publisher description.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementRobert Service.
LC ClassificationsDK254.T6 S427 2009
The Physical Object
Paginationxxii, 600 p., [24] p. of plates :
Number of Pages600
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24073531M
ISBN 100674036158
ISBN 109780674036154
LC Control Number2009025417

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