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Lessons of October
An critical examination of the key actors and larger social movements that led to the rise of the Bolsheviks.

In this sharply polemical account, Leon Trotsky draws up a balance sheet of the world's first successful workers' revolution. Written primarily for members of the newly created Communist International, Trotsky focuses on the specific role played by the Bolshevik Party in leading Russian workers to victory.

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  • The Death Agony of the Monarchy: Russia on the Eve of Revolution

    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated a hundred years ago today, bringing to an end three centuries of Romanov rule. In this extract from his History of the Russian Revolution, Trotsky describes the final days of Imperial Russia. Incompetent, vain, and almost comically ignorant of the historic events unfolding around it, the Tsarist regime fell, in Trotsky's words, "like rotten fruit."

      
    Skobelev Square during the February Revolution, by A.M. Gerasimov. Open Source.

    The dynasty fell by shaking, like rotten fruit, before the revolution even had time to approach its first problems. Our portrayal of the old ruling class would remain incomplete if we did not try to show how the monarchy met the hour of its fall.

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Other books by Leon Trotsky

  • 100 Years Since the Russian Revolution

    A stirring, passionately argued defense of the continued importance of the Russian Revolution for today’s struggles.
  • Trotsky on Lenin

    Combining Young Lenin and On Lenin in one volume, this is a fascinating political biography by fellow revolutionary Leon Trotsky.
  • 1905

    1905 chronicles the key developments lead to revolution and the unsuccessful attempt at overthrowing the Tsar of Russia.
  • History of the Russian Revolution

    The definitive account of the Russian Revolution, by Leon Trotsky, its leader and key historian.
  • Literature and Revolution

    A new, annotated edition of Leon Trotsky's classic study of the relationship of politics and art.