Socialism killed millions? by Haymarket Books. Trotsky himself says "The history of a revolution, like every other history, … Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution is a long, very complex, and extremely detailed treatment of the remarkably eventful period from February to October of 1917. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It gave great insights into the Russian Revolution in great detail. Now that I'm in it; I am loving the experience. While not everything is as “indubitable” as he thinks, his analysis is one any serious historian of this seminal event cannot afford to ignore. July 1st 2008 This is about a good a history book as it gets and by far the best account of 1917. I feel like I just hiked a barren mountain in a cold rain, alone; what a tug, this book. “Generally speaking, by the way, that is the moral of the opponents of violence in politics: they renounce violence when it comes to introducing changes in what already exists, but in defense of the existing order they will not stop at the most ruthless acts.”, “Let us not forget that revolutions are accomplished through people, although they be nameless. Years later I reread the complete Decline, but have yet to do the History. Isaac Deutscher, himself a brilliant historian and the biographer of Trotsky, writes, “as in the best … Some quotes forthcoming comrades. Jew Review: ‘Trotsky’ on Netflix. Its demerits are firstly a consistent rather weird style, which sure can be accounted for by its age and the fact of translation, but that doesn’t change it, and of course that it is a partial account, which is fine, and actually adds to the notability and interestingness of it, but it also means you just miss crucial information, like as an example, nowhere is it explained who the Social Revolutionaries are, what they want, how th, This is like a 3-and-a-half, tho it is definitely worth reading. If you want to read this book in its entirety put an entire year of your life aside. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Materialism does not ignore the feeling, thinking, and acting man, but explains him.”, http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/works/index.htm#a1901, WORLD'S DUMBEST CRIMINALS - Stalin, Mao, & Hitler. EBook proofed and reset by Pablo Stern (Britain), 2017, with a new cover inspired by David King's 60th anniversary cover. Write a review. The series stars Konstantin Khabensky in the title role. 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. Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2013, This is one of my favorite book. Trotsky shows off the scope of his analysis, and sharpness of his politics, all while maliciously mocking his rivals. The classic account of the social, economic, and political dynamics of the first socialist revolution as told by one of its central leaders. I don't think any other history of the revolution is as detailed, as comprehensive, and as engaging as this. I'm chagrined I've been so delinquent in arriving at this title. Every bit as good as its reputation suggests. This book paints a vivid background on the Russian revolution and provides amazing detail of the corruption of the Tsarist regime and its insensitivity to the mood of the people. However, if additionally, you want to get a feel for the molecular process of the Russian Revolution in its ebbs and flows down at the base in the masses where the revolution was made Trotsky's is the book for you. If you love mysteries and thrillers, get ready for dozens... “During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. Trotsky meets that criterion. Russia at the time was at war with Germany as part of an entente or three-country coalition that also included Great Britain and France. The writing itself needs a positive major comment. Whatever Trotsky's faults or your own political persuasion, his own history of the Russian Revolution is an excellently written, engaging and energetic work. For a more journalistic account John Reed's classic Ten Days That Shook the World is invaluable. I've started reading this because perspective is very interesting: a man who actually MADE the coup and WON civil war was later rejected by the revolution, expelled and murdered. It is also beautifully written. Having read other works addressing the Russian Revolution, this history is detailed and well written and it gave me a much different understanding of the causes and results of this revolution ( actually more than just the 1917 event). As in so many personal accounts of historical events, there is much to be gained from works by those who lived in and had a major part in the history itself. You will not find another such sharp turn in history especially if you remember that it involves a natio, “During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. As a leading participant in many of … It is a major work and will provide a much great understanding and appreciation to the reader than generally available. Wow! Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution is a long, very complex, and extremely detailed treatment of the remarkably eventful period from February to October of 1917. I read two adbridgements of major books as an adolescent. Trotsky’s own supporters saw him as the only true Leninist. There are times when it really has you on the edge of your seat - and that, no doubt, is largely because it is written by someone who was actually there. When will the daft dogma end? anyone interested in the Russian Revolution and true communism based on Marxism. The History of the Russian Revolution, Vol 2 book. Leon Trotsky was a leader of the Russian revolution in 1917 and is the author of My Life, The History of the Russian Revolution, and The Revolution Betrayed. The Russian army was doing badly, its troops were ill-equipped and poorly supplied with essentials, and desertion and simple refusal to fight were commonplace. For anyone interested in historical events this book is valuable. He is both ruthless and empathetic. But the writing on the history of Russia and the internal tides within the workers and political parties during the 8 months of revolution are absolutely breathtaking. They should have known it would. Stalin seized control and banished Trotsky, erasing him from Soviet history. Trotsky & his ilk are to blame? Isaac Deutscher, Trotsky's biographer, described The History of the Russian Revolution as Trotsky's, "Crowning work, both in scale and power and as the fullest expression of his ideas on revolution." Trotsky (Russian: Троцкий) is a Russian biographical eight-episode television mini-series about Leon Trotsky directed by Alexander Kott and Konstantin Statsky. 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. Welcome back. ... See also Лев Троцкий Leon Trotsky was a Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist. Supporters of Stalin saw Trotsky as a traitor and renegade. Thankfully, Service's account improves noticeably in the final section, which covers Trotsky's years in exile, from 1929 until his assassination in Mexico in 1940. Ahmed Shawki is the editor of the International Socialist Review. Here is Trotsky at the height of his elocution. In Trotsky and the Russian Revolution, Geoffrey Swain restores Trotsky to his real and central role in the Russian Revolution. Trotsky, the greatest political thinker of the twentieth century, Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2015. 2013, from the on-line version of The History of the Russian Revolution available at the Trotsky Internet Archive. Furthermore, in Trotsky's case there is nothing like having a central actor in that drama, who can also write brilliantly and wittily, give his interpretation of the important events and undercurrents swirling around Russia in 1917. Unashamedly Marxist in orientation, this work also features vivid characterizations, including of Czar Nicholas, Rasputin, and Lenin. Comrade Enaa's page:http://www.youtube.com/user/dwgthedLink to the book:http://marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1930/hrr/index.htm It took me a good 6 months to get through it, but I would recommend it! Aristotle, in the Poetics, said a gift for metaphor is the surest sign of literary genius. Russia at the time was at war with Germany as part of an entente or three-country coalition that also included Great Britain and France. I know the number of years because my elder brother inscribed each of the three volumes with “To Jeff on his 20th birthday”. It is clear that the events of 1917, whatever you think of them, deserve study.”. The will of millions, the reviled heroes and honored betrayers all are summed up calmly and masterfully. Conversely, prominent literary critics such as Edmund Wilson and Irving Howe felt Trotsky's 'History of the Russian Revolution', was a literary masterpiece, and Trotsky, who was extremely critical of everything he wrote (although it is equal to his 'history', in my mind, Trotsky felt his autobiography was one of the worst books he ever wrote), also thought it was his best work. History of the Russian Revolution is an education on how to think about revolution for those who are working to realize revolution in our lifetimes. The man writes like he lived- with an unshaken confidence in the course of human history. During this time Trotsky published his Byulleten oppozitsii and founded the Fourth International. Hell with him and his book. One simply asks that the historian present his or her narrative and analysis and get out of the way. I've started reading this because perspective is very interesting: a man who actually MADE the coup and WON civil war was later rejected by the revolution, expelled and murdered. Trotsky gives a compelling historical explanation of the failure of Russia to keep pace with the political developments in the West which resulted in a revolution intending to take backward Russia without any experience of western democratic developments to a revolutionary state. Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020. Yes, I know that this is biased and in placed unreliable, but it is so well written that it really falls into the category of literature. Its demerits are firstly a consistent rather weird style, which sure can be accounted for by its age and the fact of translation, but that doesn’t change it, and of course that it is a partial account, which is fine, and actually adds to the notability and interestingness of it, but it also means you just miss crucial information, like as an example, nowhere is it explained who the Social Revolutionaries are, what they want, how they plan to go about it, why the Social Democrats are implacably opposed to them etc. Leon Trotsky said "Let us not forget that revolutions are accomplished through people, although they be nameless." Hulton Archive / Getty Our new issue, “Failure Is an Option,” is out now. Hell with him and his book. OK I really likes this book. I f the history of the Russian Revolution is something that tickles your fancy and you’re not afraid of subtitles, Netflix is currently streaming the 8-episode Russian mini-series, Trotsky, about the life and times of – you guessed it: Leon Trotsky. Trotsky's book is divided into 3 volumes, The Overthrow of Tsarism, the History of the Russian Revolution and the Triumph of the Soviets. His understanding of the causes of the proletarian and peasant uprising can come across as a little deterministic, and some of his assertions have been proven wrong by the march of history, but at the end of the day I doubt very many contemporaries understood Old Russia with all its foibles and New Russia with all its contradictions and passions as brilliantly as Trotsky. Crystal clear, powerful, and magisterial account of the Russian Revolution by one of its prime movers. What he had to say about the whole thing in 1931? To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It is, undoubtedly in my view, well worth the effort that it will take you to get through it. Start by marking “History of the Russian Revolution” as Want to Read: Error rating book. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Transcribed for the World Wide Web by John Gowland (Australia), Alphanos Pangas (Greece) and David Walters (United States), 1997 through 2000, re-proofed 2018 as per eBook Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution chronicles the revolutionary process of 1917, the challenges for the young working class, its “successive approximations,” as it forged a course through first overthrowing the ancient rotten monarchy of the tsar in February, then casting off the newborn, rotten bourgeois democracy of the Provisional Government in October. Refresh and try again. Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution ranks with Capital or the Communist Manifesto as foundational document of revolutionary Marxism. As both a history and an original source, this account of the Revolution gives readers a vital perspective on the interplay of events in Russia from the overthrow of the aristocracy in February to the seizure of power by the working class in October of 1917. Got 1/3 through and finally surrendered. And Trotsky's gift for metaphor is second only to the likes of Shakespeare, Homer and Milton. Trotsky pays great tribune to Lenin but is modest about the fact that Lenin was in hiding at the time of the revolution and it was he, Trotsky, who engineered the revolution and it was he, Trotsky, who constructed the red army from nothing and defeated the establishment forces thus securing the revolution. It doesn't hurt that Trotsky is an incredible writer and thinker, and he breathes life into every event in the 8 month period the 1000 page book covers. Trotsky's masterpiece and not only the greatest work of history, but a great work of literature. Eight months later the Bolsheviks stood at the helm. Also whilst there’s a lot of “this thing they did was dumb for these obvious reasons”, there’s never much of attempt to explain. The book was initially published in Germany in 1930. It made me realise things about the Russian Revolution that I would have never thought about otherwise. Illustrated. Leon Trotsky was Joseph Stalin’s biggest rival after the death of Vladimir Lenin. I needed an entry level entree into this topic and this certainly wasn’t it. Horribly boring and fixated on minutia vs the big picture which is what I was seeking. Trotsky also has said that "they renounce violence when it comes to introducing changes in what already exists, but in defense of an existing order they will not. THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION A New History By Sean McMeekin Basic Books. “It is easier to theorize about a revolution afterward than absorb it into your flesh and blood before it takes place,” 61 Trotsky … Editorial Reviews The greatest history … Openly biased and without apology, Trotsky recounts the events before, during and after the Bolsheviks rise. 445 pp. Although originally written in Russian and translated into English it was so well presented that I felt that I was being spoken to by the author rather than reading off pages. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, See all details for History of the Russian Revolution, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Trotsky also has said that "they renounce violence when it comes to introducing changes in what already exists, but in defense of an existing order they will not stop at the most ruthless acts." WOW 1917 was quite the year. This was kind of masochistic to take on, but very rewarding. It is a major work and will provide a much great understanding and appreciation to the reader than generally available, Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2017. This is a rare glimpse into the mind of one of history's greatest political thinkers as they navigated the decisive moments of revolution. The english language reader’s enjoyment is greatly accentuated by Max Eastman’s spectacular translation. Leon Trotsky awaited the inevitable as he fed his rabbits on the afternoon of August 20, 1940. About the author (2008) Leon Trotsky was a leader of the Russian revolution in 1917 and is the author of My Life, The History of the Russian Revolution, and The Revolution Betrayed. To see what your friends thought of this book. Openly biased and without apology, Trotsky recounts the events before, during and after the Bolsheviks rise. Customer reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars There was so much more in this work than one usually has access to and explains what, why and how the events happened and the people who affected the happenings. As an author, Trotsky is a mixed bag. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2016. Well, the only thing he wanted, was to whiten black dog. I think those old bolsheviks who were imprisoned under stalin. The infamous Jewish leader of the communist revolution. Given how his life ended that may be a toss up? Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution is partisan history at its best. But this is only occasionally frustrating and there is, in any event, a very helpful set of appendices and glossaris at the back that help you know who's who and what's what. Probably more an indictment of the reader than the work. If you're looking for a light read, Trotsky's History of Russian Revolution is not the way to go by any means. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Some parts of the book got a bit boring, however. Translated by Max Eastman, 1932 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 8083994 ISBN 0913460834. During the revolution, people flipped this statement on its head and did anything for a cause. Trotsky is presented as a firm believer in a world-wide revolution, but that doesn't make him innocent or even good. One does not and should not, at least in this day in age, ask historians to be `objective'. I just finished reading Volume 3 of Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution. Eight months later the Bolsheviks stood at the helm. Russia at the time was at war with Germany as part of an entente or three-country … Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019. However, because of his association with the October revolution and the amazing denigration by Stalin, he became ostracised throughout the world. 36 of the Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021. Leon Trotsky is very unbiased and modest in the book and develops multiple perspectives. I especially like the first books, on the decay of the Russian monarchy during World War I, and the February Revolution. What a mind the man had. A great read once you get past the heavy socialist dialectic. REVIEW of TROTSKY's HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION. This one was above my pay grade. An unsurpassed contribution to history of the Russian Revolution in particular and to the Marxist analysis of history in general! Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2013. You have to take Trotsky's writings with some amount of skepticism in how he portrays Stalin especially in a bad light, given when this was written and Trotsky's agenda to regain political power after having been forced out of the Bolshevik party. 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. This is one of the best histories of a single year I’ve yet read. Trotsky covers some of this material as well. This is like a 3-and-a-half, tho it is definitely worth reading. Russia and was again exiled to Siberia when the Revolution, Vol 2 book Principe, of... 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