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A series of essays based on the events of 1905 - the 'dress rehearsal' for the Russian October revolution of 1917.
1905 was the year of the first Russian Revolution: the year of the "Bloody Sunday" massacre, the storming of the Winter Palace, the Potemkin mutiny and the Odessa strike. It was described by Lenin as the "dress rehearsal" for the October Revolution of 1917.
By the end of 1905 Leon Trotsky, then twenty-five, was the dominant figure in the St Petersburg Soviet and the man on whom hopes of revolution turned – hopes which were dashed after the arrest of the Soviet and the exile of fifteen of its leaders, including Trotsky, to Siberia.
1905, which was one of Trotsky's early masterpieces is a series of essays based on the events of that year, and contains the first formulation of his celebrated theory of Permanent Revolution. Banned for more than sixty years in the Soviet Union, it emerges as the prime text of the revolution, being both a vivid description and a definition of it.
"His [Trotsky's] popularity among the Petersburg proletariat at the time of his arrest was tremendous and increased still more as a result of his picturesque and heroic behaviour in court. I must say that of all the social-democratic leaders of 1905-6, Trotsky undoubtedly showed himself, despite his youth, to be the best prepared ... Trotsky stood then in the very front rank."
"A volume that shows Trotsky at his best – the man who could transform 'instant history' into an enduring and monumental achievement"
Udgivet første gang: 1922
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Sidst opdateret 24.12.2006