The Prophet Armed: Trotsky, 1879-1921

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Verso, 2003 - 497 páginas
Few political figures of the twentieth century have aroused as much controversy as the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Trotsky's extraordinary life and extensive writings have left an indelible mark on revolutionary conscience; and yet there was at one time a danger that his name would disappear altogether from history. Isaac Deutscher's magisterial three-volume biography was the first major publication to counter the powerful Stalinist propaganda machine, and in this definitive work Trotsky emerges in his real stature, as the most heroic, and ultimately tragic, character of the Russian revolution.

This first volume of the trilogy, originally published in 1954, traces Trotsky's political development: his early activities, the formation and crystallization of his distinctive and motivating idea—the permanent revolution— his long feud and final reconciliation with Lenin and Bolshevism, and his role in the October insurrection of 1917. The volume ends in the year 1921, when Trotsky, then at the climax of his power, unwittingly sowed the seeds of his own defeat.
 

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Debuting in 1954, Deutscher's three-volume biography on the Russian revolutionary countered much of the propaganda issued by Stalin's regime to destroy Trotsky's reputation. Still among the best titles on the subject. Leer reseña completa

Índice

Home and School
1
In Search of an Ideal
19
At the Door of History
48
An Intellectual Partnership
81
Trotsky in 1905
97
Permanent Revolution
120
The Doldrums 190714
145
War and the International
175
The Drama of Brest Litovsk
287
Arming the Republic
336
Revolution and Conquest
371
A Note on Trotskys Military Writings
396
Defeat in Victory
405
Notes
437
Bibliography
483
Index
491

Trotsky in the October Revolution
206
The Peoples Commissar
269

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Isaac Deutscher was born in 1907 near Krakow and joined the Polish Communist Party, from which he was expelled in 1932. He then moved to London where he died in 1967. His other books include Stalin and The Unfinished Revolution.

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