History of the Russian Revolution

History of the Russian Revolution During the first two months of 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 wer

  • Title: History of the Russian Revolution
  • Author: Leon Trotsky Max Eastman Ahmed Shawki
  • ISBN: 9781931859455
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 natio 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 RevolutionRegarded 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 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 Isaac Deutscher

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    1. A Note About the AuthorPreface--History of the Russian Revolution Volume One: The Overthrow of TsarismChronological Table for Volume OneAppendix IAppendix IIAppendix IIIIntroduction to Volumes Two and Three--History of the Russian Revolution Volume Two: The Attempted Counterrevolution--History of the Russian Revolution Volume Three: The Triumph of the SovietsAppendix NoteAppendix I: Some Legends of the BureaucracyAppendix II: Socialism in a Separate CountryAppendix III: Historic References on th [...]

    2. All Power to the Soviets!Written in three parts some years after the Revolution of 1917, Trotsky sets out to give a detailed history of the events of that year, combined with his analysis of what led to Russia being ripe for revolution at that moment in time. He admits to his own bias, but claims that he has rigorously fact-checked, including only what can be verified in written records. In order to stop the book reading like an autobiography or memoir, he refers to himself in the third person t [...]

    3. I read two adbridgements of major books as an adolescent. One was Gibbon's Decline and Fall, the other Trotsky's History. Years later I reread the complete Decline, but have yet to do the History. Additionally, as an even younger person, I even read condensed works of fiction--usually from Readers' Digests' books which Nanny, our paternal grandmother, had around her cottage in Michigan.All of this is mentioned as a kind of confession. I would never do such a thing today. Indeed, by college, I wo [...]

    4. A phenomenal work of historical and political writing. Every bit as good as its reputation suggests. I'm chagrined I've been so delinquent in arriving at this title. Now that I'm in it; I am loving the experience. Superbly written; arcing in scope; chock full of razor-keen insight and observation. Here is Trotsky at the height of his elocution. What a mind the man had.

    5. OK I really likes this book. 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. The will of millions, the reviled heroes and honored betrayers all are summed up calmly and masterfully. The man writes like he lived- with an unshaken confidence in the course of human history.

    6. Trotsky's book is divided into 3 volumes, The Overthrow of Tsarism, the History of the Russian Revolution and the Triumph of the Soviets. The first volume primarily looks at Russia under Tsarism, the February Revolution, the Provisional Government and the initial formulation of a new strategy upon the arrival of Lenin back to Russia. 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 co [...]

    7. 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.But this gets five stars for a number of reasons, first and foremost because Trotsky writes a gripping narrative that delves deep into the sociology that underpins 1917. But the real treasure in this read is the historical significance - has any other prime mover of such a massive historical event written an analytical histo [...]

    8. Trotsky's masterpiece and not only the greatest work of history, but a great work of literature. Aristotle, in the Poetics, said a gift for metaphor is the surest sign of literary genius. And Trotsky's gift for metaphor is second only to the likes of Shakespeare, Homer and Milton.

    9. god lesning. Jeg hadde ikke sånne forhåpninger. Jeg er generellt ikke spesielt imponert av den trotskistiske retninga. Men dette er ganske god marxisme, altså.Jeg liker virkelig godt hvordan han sammenligner forskjellige revolusjoner og opprør gjennom tidene, og systematiserer i stadier og faser, noe som gjør at det er en nyttig bok i forståelsen av andre opprør og revolusjoner av en hvis størrelse. Også de i moderne tid. Mye av dynamikken er ganske lik. Jeg hadde stor nytte av den for [...]

    10. An unsurpassed contribution to history of the Russian Revolution in particular and to the Marxist analysis of history in general! The best book I ever read!

    11. Crystal clear, powerful, and magisterial account of the Russian Revolution by one of its prime movers. Trotsky’s admiration of Lenin’s vision and contempt for Stalin’s bureaucratic mind is delicious.

    12. Con independencia de las valoraciones y apreciaciones políticas del autor, el libro es un testimonio apasionante de quien fue actor principal de unos acontecimientos que han marcado la historia de la humanidad de los últimos 100 años. Aún sabiendo que el autor fue responsable de muchas muertes, el libro es de lectura obligada para quien le interese la historia contemporánea.

    13. I just finished reading Volume 3 of Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution. The October (Bolshevik) Revolution was essentially bloodless! The people and army wanted and demanded that the Soviets take power. WOW 1917 was quite the year. Great Book and well worth the 937 pages to read all three volumes. Some quotes forthcoming comrades.

    14. This famed and, perhaps overly, influential book is, if nothing else, a very good read. At almost 1200 pages it doesn’t feel overly long, and that in and of itself is an accomplishment. The english language reader’s enjoyment is greatly accentuated by Max Eastman’s spectacular translation. If one didn’t know better, one would think the three volumes that comprise this book were written in English. As even his enemies would sometimes acknowledge, Trotsky was a hell of a writer. Here, he a [...]

    15. Un libro de un detalle extremo, como reconoce el propio autor. Dedicar 1.000 páginas a ocho meses de eventos no está nada mal. No valoro el libro por su contenido en el sentido de la interpretación de los eventos. Está claro que la interpretación de los mismos por parte de Trotski va a ser muy diferente a la que hacen los historiadores convencionales. Digo convencionales no por criticar, sino porque son los que suelo leer. Quizá este sea el aspecto que más me ha llamado la atención en la [...]

    16. It is a formidable account of the Feb-Oct events that turned Russia upside down in early 20th Century. Regardless of your opinion about Socialism, Communism, etc. or about Trotsky himself, he mastered his narration by distancing himself and writing in the 3rd person the entire book. Imagine how tempting it was to write an ‘I saw…’, ‘I was…’, ‘He told me’, or ‘no one can deny… because I was there…’, throughout the entire 900+ pages. He knew (and this is where it becomes a [...]

    17. Исчерпывающая книга про Великую русскую революцию. В начале Лев Троцкий излагает предпосылки революции, далее следует хронология событий с февраля по октябрь 1917 года, хотя книга не ограничивается лишь этим годом. Хронология событий - не сухое перечисление событий и дат, а [...]

    18. Wow! What a fascinating read from one of the revolution's leaders. 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. 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. It's a tough read [...]

    19. I had to read this book for a project, and it was certainly very helpful. It gave great insights into the Russian Revolution in great detail. It made me realise things about the Russian Revolution that I would have never thought about otherwise. Leon Trotsky is very unbiased and modest in the book and develops multiple perspectives. Some parts of the book got a bit boring, however.

    20. A masterpiece! Lenin was an unmatched leader of men but Trotsky (the inventor of modern warfare) was an unmatched military genius and literary writer.

    21. This is a major work of historical importance but is not suitable for the general reader. Trotsky has a journalist's talent for prose and shows hints of a sense of humour in some of his laconic asides. It is as objective as an account written by instigator of the revolution could be (although his views of Stalin may well be coloured by his subsequent experience of Stalin's leadership). He does lionise Lenin but it is surprising how modest a role he, Lenin, plays in the eight months covered by Tr [...]

    22. Llegir una història de la revolució soviètica escrita per les mans d'un dels seus protagonistes (i víctima a mig termini), no deixa de tenir el seu interès. Però el llibre no és tal, sinó, tal com ens aclareix a les conclusions, una anàlisi de la societat russa del darrer tsarisme i dels motius del fracàs de la revolució de febrer. De fet, el relat de Trotsky s'atura al juliol. Treball ben documentat, anàlisi profunda dels diferents sectors socials russos del moment i capacitat de re [...]

    23. O melhor livro sobre a Revolução Francesa é História da Revolução em França, de Edmund Burke, de 1790, que previu o Terror de Robespierre e Saint-Just. Se o estudante quer um livro a favor da Revolução Francesa, leia, o título é o de sempre, o de Gaetano Salvemini. A favor da russa a de Sukhanov, que a Oxford University Press resumiu num volume, ou A Revolução Russa, de Trotski, um clássico revolucionário. Mas os fatos falam mais alto que o brilho literário de Trotski.

    24. Vital for the historical content and insight, but be prepared for Trotsky's prejudices. He writes about himself in the third person, allegedly to distance his account from personal bias, but it still shows through. But the joy of this book is that very closeness, you get to know the author well.The book traces the revolution from its historical causes and roots, through to the first months of the new, uneasy government. It is a good read, filled with the excitement and intrigue of the politics o [...]

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