History of the Russian Revolution
"During the first two months of 1917 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 150 million people. It is clear that the events of 1917, whatever you think of them, deserve study."
--Leon Trotsky, from History of the Russian Revolution
Regarded 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 character.
Originally 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
"Justly celebrated as a towering, vivid, historically vital work."
"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."
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Well written and very informative, this is the ultimate account of the Russian revolution by an eyewitness and major player. To be enjoyed with The Red Wheel 1917 by Solgenitsin Read full review
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I said of 'My Life' that if you only read one book by Trostky then that is the one to read. If you read one other then this is it. But my guess is any one who reads my life with an open mind will be gagging to move onto this masterpiece of historical writing. Read full review
Peculiarities of Russias Development
Tsarist Russia in the
The Proletariat and the Peasantry
The Tsar and the Tsarina
The Idea of a Palace Revolution
The Death Agony of the Monarchy
Kerensky and Kornilov
The State Conference in Moscow
The Bourgeoisie Measures Strength with the Democracy
The Masses Under Attack
The Rising Tide
The Bolsheviks and the Soviets
Who Led the February Insurrection?
The Paradox of the February Revolution
The New Power
The Executive Committee
The Army and the
The Ruling Group and the
The Bolsheviks and Lenin
Rearming the Party
The April Days
The First Coalition
Shifts in the Masses
The Congress of Soviets and the June Demonstration
Chronological Table for Volume One Appendix I
The Attempted Counterrevolution Introduction to Volumes Two and Three
Preparation and Beginning
Culmination and Rout
Could the Bolsheviks Have Seized the Power?
The Counterrevolution Lifts Its Head
The Last Coalition
The Triumph of the Soviets
The Peasantry Before October
Withdrawal from the PreParliament and Struggle
Lenin Summons to Insurrection
The Art of Insurrection
The Conquest of the Capital
The Capture of the Winter Palace
The October Insurrection
The Congress of the Soviet Dictatorship
the Theory of Permanent Revolution