They also viewed the peasants, whose historic struggle for land could break out into mighty flashes of struggle against the landlords and agricultural capitalists, as the workers’ natural ally against the tsar. At the same hour, and in the same building as the founding of the Provisional Committee, the Executive Committee of the Soviet of Workers’ Deputies was convened. This is not to say that Trotsky deemphasizes the role of the Bolsheviks or their outstanding leaders. Unbeknownst to the thousands of workers and soldiers who sent delegates to the soviet, members of the Soviet Executive Committee approached the Provisional Committee on March 1 and pressed it to take governmental power into its hands. Trotsky’s personal involvement in no way inhibits his scientific view. Section Three: The Attempted Counter-Revolution, 14) The Counter-Revolution Lifts Its Head, 25) The Wavering Continues inside the Bolshevik Party. The Bolsheviks took the lead in arresting the tsarist officials; the Mensheviks opposed ‘excesses.’ The Bolsheviks energetically undertook the creation of a workers’ militia; the Mensheviks delayed the arming of the workers, not wishing to quarrel with the bourgeoisie. We must base ourselves on the consciousness of the masses. Historian and Trotsky biographer Isaac Deutscher writes, as in the best military thinking, extreme partisanship and scrupulously sober observation indeed go hand in hand. On November 13, ousted liberal politician Aleksandr Kerensky tried to retake Petrograd with loyal troops. … The sharpness of the reply is explained by the mood of betrayal: “It had been assumed that, up above, everything was being done to bring peace. Trotsky does argue that Lenin played a decisive role in this and later events of the revolution. His birth name was Leib Davydovich Bronstein and was born on November 7, 1879, in Southern Ukraine. A Food Commission formed, a decision was made to occupy the state bank, the mint, and the treasury. Trotsky describes its paralysis: “Up to the days of October in the hard moments it was always undergoing a crisis, and in the intervals between crises it was merely existing.” The Liberals drew the Compromisers into a new Cabinet; at first hesitant, the Compromisers were forced by the mood of their base. The revolution is for him that brief and pregnant moment when the humble and downtrodden have their say.”2. Lenin argued. This however, was not enough, Trotsky argues, to eradicate the revolutionary traditions and lessons carried by worker militants. ‘Down with the Ten Minister Capitalists!’ ‘Down with the Offensive’ ‘All Power to the Soviets!’ The ironical smiles froze, and then gradually disappeared. They were also influenced by fear of cutting themselves off from the many workers who still identified with the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries. The forcible overturn is usually accomplished in a brief time. The fundamental political process thus consists in the gradual comprehension by a class of the problems arising from the social crisis—the active orientation of the masses by a method of successive approximations.”—Introduction to Leon Trotsky, History of the Russian Revolution. Not less, certainly—and the most active third besides. He concludes: “To the question, who led the February Revolution? Horribly lagging behind technologically, Russia’s sole contribution was cannon fodder: “The one thing the Russian generals did with a flourish was drag human meat out of the country.”Fifteen million men were conscripted into the army, and five and a half million of them were killed, captured, or wounded in the three years of war. In Vladimir Lenin's government in the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky first played the role of Commissar for Foreign Affairs and then the leader of the Red Army. This Tzarist Russia in the War 3. However, I hope it will allow readers who are unable to Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution, Russian Revolution: 1917-2017 on Facebook, Martin Powell-Davies - Teacher, trade unionist, socialist, The History of the Russian Revolution - a Summary, 1) The Revolution and the Revolutionary Party, 3) Three concepts of the Russian Revolution. They voted in large numbers for parties that sought to undermine the revolutionary potential of the soviet. Under these events, so striking in their rhythm, molecular processes were taking place, welding together the heterogeneous parts of the working class into one political whole.”. Trotsky writes: A backward country assimilates the material and intellectual conquests of the advanced countries…. The Bolsheviks (majority) and Mensheviks (minority) were the product of a split in the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party in 1903. masses is customarily represented as an instinctive process, no matter whether they are dealing with an anthill or a beehive. appreciate the ideas and experiences that he sought to explain. The conclusion was universal; it welded the masses together and gave them a mighty dynamic force.”. Undoubtedly, the theory that brilliantly anticipated and explained what actually took place in 1917 was worked out by Trotsky. He achieves in his image of the revolution the unity of the subjective and objective elements.1. He adopted Trotsky’s formulation from 1906 of permanent revolution—that the working class was compelled to lead the bourgeois revolution because of the vacuum left by the decayed bourgeoisie, but in doing so had begun to construct an alternative social order opposed to bourgeois rule. Much to the delegates’ chagrin, the Bolshevik Military Organization called for a demonstration on June 10 in response to a brewing confrontation over the seizure by anarchists of a bureaucrat’s summer home for a workers’ school. He argued the situation of dual power was not an “advantageous” arrangement as Stalin had put it in Pravda, it was an unstable balance that could only end in the smashing of the soviets or the Provisional Government. Remembering well the 1905 Revolution, which nearly toppled the tsar, they “could not fail to ask… Will not the palace revolution, instead of a means for preventing a real revolution, turn out to be the last jar that loosens the avalanche? Bolshevik banners floated everywhere. The March formlessness had disappeared; political lines were sharpening; the “fantastic” theses of Lenin were taking flesh in the Petrograd workers’ districts. shell-shocked as it were by the insurrection, and still hardly in control of their tongues. Of such men, even though they may be illiterate and crude, he is proud; and he wants us to be proud of them. Upon his return (literally when he stepped off the train at Finland Station), he set forth a shocking new analysis of the situation: the overthrow of the tsar was just the opening round of a deeper, international, socialist revolution that could start in Russia. THE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION by Leon Trotsky - This is the outstanding Marxist work on the Russian revolution. The slogans made the most timid of demands, although in reality the Compromisers had no intention of fulfilling them: “Universal Peace,” “Immediate Convocation of a Constituent Assembly,” “Democratic Republic.” Tseretelli arrogantly called out the Bolsheviks in the soviet: “Now we shall have an open and honest review of the revolutionary forces…. Michael Ratner interviewed by Anthony Arnove, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. Without Lenin the crisis, which the opportunist leadership was inevitably bound to produce, would have assumed an extraordinarily sharp and protracted character. The political lines of demarcation were sharpened between the Compromisers and the Bolsheviks. In other words, the revolutionists can create a break in the soldiers’ mood only if they themselves are actually ready to seize the victory at any price whatever, even the price of blood. Leon Trotsky The History of the Russian Revolution VOLUME ONE The Overthrow of Tzarism ONLINE VERSION: Translated by Max Eastman, 1932 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 8083994 ISBN 0913460834 Transcribed for the World Wide Web by John Gowland (Australia), Alphanos Pangas (Greece) and David Walters (United States) 1997 through 2000 A procession of women marched on the local Duma (city council) demanding bread, which “was like demanding milk from a he-goat.” Among the banners appeared slogans for the overthrow of the tsar and the end to the war, but the day passed peacefully. However, when a mass of soldiers and workers approached Tauride Palace, it was not to arrest the Duma, but to demand it assume power. The dynamism and ultimately the success of the Bolshevik Party sprang from the interpenetration of the party and the working class, and the energetic debates within the party. take the time to study the whole of Trotsky’s book to nevertheless The Compromisers made it possible for the bourgeoisie to assume power after February, and their position within the Soviet Executive Committee allowed them to hold it. Lenin did not throw aside the old cadres—they were by and large moved by the pressure from below and sharp debate within the party. Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Bolshevik revolution and early architect of the Soviet state, is deported by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to Alma-Ata in remote Soviet Central Asia. The minimum demand: remove Miliukov. A burst of strikes emptied the factories in support of the armed demonstrators. The outbreak of war in 1914 had put a quick halt to a mounting surge of working-class protest throughout Russia, giving way to brief but wild displays of patriotism. One after another the delegates reported how, although they had called off the battle, they were defeated.”. But our hands tremble.” The masses, having not yet fully embraced the notion of overthrowing the Provisional Government in favor of soviet power, attempted to use “their” leaders to hold the Liberals’ feet to the fire. The Liberals were attempting to continue a war of aggression under the flag of “defending” revolutionary Russia—they even went so far as to claim to be spreading progress and defending national liberation by invading. The April Theses that summarized Lenin’s new approach to Russia’s revolution retheorized the activity of the party, giving greater confidence and cohesion to its cadres, which would immediately allow the party the flexibility to navigate the crisis that exploded in April. The April demonstrations were the first outbreak of resistance that targeted the workers and soldier’s “own” leaders. This slogan successfully dragged even some of the most dyed-in-the-wool revolutionaries behind it, including some leading Bolsheviks. Leon Trotsky was a Russian Communist leader second only to Lenin during the 1917 Revolution and the Civil War. This episode has received much attention from both fawning Stalinists and right-wing critics who seek to paint Lenin as the iron hand driving the party. The first Congress of Soviets met in Petrograd beginning June 3; 1,088 delegates representing 20,000,000 workers, soldiers, and peasants attended. The revolution does not choose its paths: it made its first steps toward victory under the belly of a Cossack’s horse. The world’s largest and most advanced factories existed within a sea of peasants laboring on the land with techniques unchanged for centuries. They saw the Russian workers as the natural leader of a revolutionary movement and the liberals as counterrevolutionary. So long as we are in the minority we will carry on this work of criticism, in order to free the masses from deceit. Passing through Germany left Lenin and the Bolsheviks open to the Compromisers’ vitriol that they were “German agents,” but the crisis in the party and fear a revolutionary moment might be wasted outweighed this threat. But the situation changes the moment the victory is won and its political fortification begins. At breakfast after Mass long faces were noticeable among many…. Leon Trotsky was a big part of the Russian Revolution. The book was initially published in Germany in 1930. In 1915 this reversed course: economic strikes resumed, and escalated so rapidly their numbers doubled by 1916. The violent revolution marked the end of the Romanov dynasty and centuries of Russian Imperial rule. Kerensky, now minister of war, with corrupt brilliance summarized the hypocrisy of the petty bourgeois conception of a “defensive” offensive: “You will carry on the points of your bayonets—peace.” From every political side came projections of failure; the offensive clearly was meant to satisfy the Allies and disorganize the left, especially to weaken the fraternization between the Russian and “enemy” troops. The illusions that the Compromisers would deliver on the promises of February unwound in the weeks and months leading into the summer. But the marchers did not themselves enter Tauride Palace to rule a new Russia—the thousands of leaders who produced the revolution returned to the working-class districts and barracks, leaving the halls of power to be occupied by party heads and professional politicians who positioned themselves on the side of the uprising. At the beginning of July, a new assault, far broader in scope and under more resolution slogans. EBook proofed and reset by Pablo Stern (Britain), 2017, with a new cover inspired by David King's 60th anniversary cover. Russia at the time was at war with Germany as part of an entente or three-country coalition that also included Great Britain and France. Leon Trotsky was a leading Marxist revolutionary of the first half of the 20th century. In theory, the Milrevcom and the Red Guards were formed to protect the Bolshevik movement and its leaders – but in reality, they were tools for an armed insurrection against the Provisional Government. Trotsky’s explanation captures the dynamism of the class struggle, which exists simultaneously in political and economic spheres, in elections and insurrection. The last four months of this “molecular process” will be the subject of the second half of this article. Thus the initial stage of the revolution was characterized by the most militant, direct action tactics in battle against the tsar—including revolutionary organs of power, the soviets—and the political dominance of parties who opposed workers’ power and the key demands of land and peace, and who handed power over to the bourgeoisie. It is necessary only to understand that role correctly, taking personality as a link in the historic chain. We want the masses to be freed by experience by their mistakes…. At the level of the shop floor, the worker-cadre fought Menshevism, but in the Tauride Palace, the party center was pulled toward the petty bourgeois slogan of “defense,” and critical support of the Provisional Government. At the factories they began insistently to question deputies about foreign policy, the war, the two-power system, the food question; and as a result of these examinations Menshevik and SR delegates were more and more frequently replaced by Bolsheviks…Sukhanov estimates that at the beginning of May the Bolsheviks had behind them a third of the Petrograd proletariat. Stalin forcefully articulated the preexisting party line that the revolution must be bourgeois. Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Outcast: 1929–1940 (New York: Vintage Books, 1963), 219. Revolutions, the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin wrote, “must not by any means be regarded as a single act…but as a series of more or less powerful outbreaks rapidly alternating with periods of more or less intense calm.” To understand and navigate this process, revolutionaries must understand both the objective possibility of working-class rule, and the specific opportunities and challenges at every given moment. Ahmed Shawki is … Unfortunately they were the hands of Stalin and Kamenev, and they were firmly conservative. 2013, from the on-line version of The History of the Russian Revolution available at the Trotsky Internet Archive. The telegraph, telephone, and rail systems all went (voluntarily) into the hands of the soviet. Went paddling in a canoe.”, In February of 1917, in response to a telegram from the president of the Duma on the collapse of the military, he wrote “Again that fat-bellied Rodzianko has written me a lot of nonsense, which I won’t even bother to answer.”, Trotsky argues that the apparently personal traits of the tsar—his detachment and blandness—were the personification of the obsolescence of the monarchy. In the 1920–30s, Trotsky was an important figure in the Marxist opposition against Joseph Stalin. The wavering of the party center in the first days after the revolution was steadied by the return of firm hands to the helm of Pravda. We are not charlatans. In other words, we were preparing the October Revolution while thinking we were preparing the February.”. The Soviet Executive Committee, which wholly supported the offensive, feared this position would cement their isolation from the masses. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940), better known as Leon Trotsky (/ ˈtrɒtski /), was a Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and politician. At first the bourgeois politicians of the Duma dismissed the massive outpouring of bitterness in the streets, hoping the tsar would smash it. In confrontations through the day forty protestors were shot. Trotsky became involved in Revolutionary work in the late 19th century. The resolution was passed and the Military Revolutionary Committee (MRC, or Milrevcom) was formed. They could not now move forward at all without bumping into this wall erected by themselves, and knocking it over.”. But none saw how short a road it was. Outside one of Petrograd’s largest factories a confrontation seemed imminent when Cossacks met advancing strikers: Decisive moment! Forced to defend itself from, and compete with, neighboring capitalist powers, Russia absorbed the most modern technology and industries—but it did this by grafting the most modern capitalist methods, with the aid of state aid and foreign investment, on top of the most backward rural social relations, and without overthrowing the preexisting political and social order dominated by the monarchy and landlords. Moreover, this thought was more scientific: not only because it was to a considerable degree fertilized with the methods of Marxism, but still more because it was ever nourishing itself on the living experience of the masses which were soon to take their place in the revolutionary arena. In the chapter “Shifts in the Masses” Trotsky assesses the course of 1917: A revolution teaches and teaches fast. This blog contains a summary of Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution. May not the cure prove more ruinous than the disease?”, Both the court and the bourgeoisie were held aloft by collaboration with Western capital. socialists can still apply in our present and future struggles. He waged Russia's 1917 revolution alongside Vladimir Lenin. The Provisional Government was dominated by the Constitutional Democrats (Kadets). He make big impact in Russian history. They now wrapped themselves in the red flag handed to them by the Compromisers. Leon Trotsky was a leader of the Russian revolution in 1917 and is the author of My Life, The History of the Russian Revolution, and The Revolution Betrayed. Every week brings something new to the masses. In 1917, one of the greatest events in human history took place when, led by the Bolshevik Party, the workers and peasants of Russia carried through a victorious revolution. However, the motivation of the Mensheviks was not to deepen the initiative of the rebellious working class, but to bring the movement to heel under the establishment of a bourgeois democracy. As Trotsky writes in the Preface to the History: "During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. From being leader of the Red Army and hero of the civil war, Trotsky was vilified as the agent of counterrevolution within the international communist movement. His exile followed years of battling the rising Stalinist bureaucracy inside Russia, culminating in his expulsion from the Bolshevik Central Committee in 1927, removal to Alma Ata (Kazakhstan) in 1928, and final removal from the USSR in 1929. Trotsky defeated Kerensky, and the … The role of Trotsky in the Bolshevik Revolution. The law of combined development of backwards countries—in the sense of a peculiar mixture of backwards elements with the more modern factors—here rises before us in its most finished form, and offers a key to the fundamental riddle of the Russian revolution.… In order to realize the Soviet state, there was required a drawing together and mutual penetration of two factors belonging to completely different historical species: a peasant war—that is, a movement characteristic of the dawn of bourgeois development—and a proletarian insurrection, the movement signalizing its decline. The role of personality arises before us here on a truly gigantic scale. The officers hastened to separate their patrol from the workers, and, abandoning the idea of dispersing them, lined the Cossacks out across the street as a barrier to prevent the demonstrators from getting to the center. Not wanting to advertise their shift to the right, the Mensheviks argued the soviet should call a demonstration, to rally the masses behind its own banner and pull them away from the Bolsheviks. From any point of view, the October Revolution was an extraordinary occurrence, and one that has no real historical precedent. While reasserting his own leading role (he became president of the Petrograd Soviet in August and led the October insurrection), Trotsky, who was not to join the Bolsheviks until July of 1917, gives the greatest responsibility for the success of the Bolsheviks to Lenin. That is the initial dual power in every revolution. Lenin did tip the balance, and was uniquely positioned to do so given the years of common work he shared with the cadre of the party; but had the party not been in such a state of balance, his efforts would not have yielded such dramatic results. They had every intention of continuing the war and annexing anything they could get their hands on—but they needed to reinvent the rationale for the slaughter. But could that be possible?” Miliukov was sent packing on May 2, and under pressure of the armed masses the soviet assumed more power as compared to the Provisional Government. Fearing to lead the workers prematurely into a confrontation with the Compromisers, the Bolsheviks sent representatives to the factories and barracks to call off the action. Trotsky was a man that was not afraid of stating his opinion or trying to make a change. When the State Duma reopened under the pressure of massive social instability he wrote: “April 14. The soviet immediately set about to address the most pressing issues of the country’s population: food and money. But we must here immediately add: This leadership proved sufficient to guarantee the victory of the insurrection, but it was not adequate to transfer immediately into the hands of the proletarian vanguard the leadership of the revolution.”, The bourgeoisie was deeply frightened by the revolution. Leon Trotsky(1879 - 1940) was a Ukrainian-born Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist who became one of the leaders of the Russian October Revolution, second only to … Ibid., 125. His parents were Jewish farmers. Trotsky describes the scene as the soviet delegates viewed the march: The first Bolshevik slogans were met half-laughingly—Tseretelli had so confidently thrown down his challenge the day before. An outline of the key developments of 1917. The Party now shifted to agitating for “All Power to the Soviets” and away from critical support for the Provisional Government. The original language is Russian, but it was translated into English by Max Eastmanin 1932; in the English translation the second volume, originally consisting of tw… The soviet was embraced by the representatives of the soldiers and became the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies to formalize the alliance between the factories and the barracks that had been born in the insurrection against the tsar. Members of the Bolshevik center argued against this new theory, arguing the democratic revolution had not been completed, and therefore could not move on to a socialist stage. The June demonstration was a test of the contending forces in Russia, but a peaceful one. When faced with the question of becoming the sole revolutionary government, the mighty leaders of the soviet replied “We? The fifth day ended with the collapse of the military’s obedience, the tsar’s abdication, and a mass march to Tauride Palace, which became the new center of power. With the cover provided by the moderate socialist parties, an offensive war for empire was transformed into revolutionary self-defense. Eight months later … The slogan that united the bourgeoisie with the revolutionary masses was “defense”: defense of revolutionary Russia, defense of the revolution. “In reality his ill-luck flowed from the contradictions between those old aims which he inherited from his ancestors and the new historic conditions in which he was placed.”, Russia’s bourgeoisie, who hated the tsar and longed for his wretched court and its superstitions and rituals to be swept away, were paralyzed by fear of a rebellion from below that a palace coup would unleash. Ironically, the deputy who delivered the message that the Duma must plant itself at the head of a movement it feared and hated was Alexander Kerensky, a moderate socialist deputy who came to have enormous influence in the coming months, attempting to deliver the movement into the hands of the bourgeoisie. Trotsky points as evidence – just from the time he was completing his history in 1932 – to “the Paris Commune, the German and Austrian revolutions of 1918, the Soviet revolutions in Hungary and Bavaria, the Italian revolution of 1919, the German crisis of 1923, the Chinese revolution of 1925-1927, the Spanish revolution of 1931”, to show that “up to now the weakest link in the chain of necessary … The elections to the organs and the institutions of the victorious revolution attract and challenge infinitely broader masses than those who battled with arms in their hands…. We can then answer definitely enough: Conscious and tempered workers educated for the most part by the party of Lenin. The armed demonstration against the imperialist policy of the Provisional Government has gone into history under the name of the “April Days,” whereas according to the Western calendar it happened in May. “The history of a revolution is for us first of all the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of their own destiny.… The masses go into a revolution not with a prepared plan of social reconstruction, but with a sharp feeling that they cannot endure the old regime. And since the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries comprised infinitely larger ranks of the intelligentsia—who came pouring in from all sides—and thus got into their hands an immense staff of agitators, the elections, even in shops and factories, gave them an enormous majority. The same way society was polarized by the competing interests of the bourgeois and working-class elements, the Bolshevik Party was pulling in opposite directions. The victory of the Bolsheviks was all the more biting because it “was won on the arena and with the weapons chosen by the enemy.” The most militant workers, regardless of formal party affiliation, were flocking to the Bolshevik slogans and pulling further away from the Compromisers’ influence. 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. In 1917, one of the greatest events in human history took place when, led by the Bolshevik Party, the workers and peasants of Russia carried through a victorious revolution. Had tea on the balcony. For his role in the latter, he was arrested and exiled to Siberia. At the end of August, Kornilov’s attempt at an overthrow beaten off by the masses. During the revolution, Trotsky oversaw Soviet military operations in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg), the capital of the Russian Empire. The Coalition Government, formed in May, immediately came under pressure from its allies in the Entente to initiate an offensive on the Eastern front. I hope it is of interest to those who wish to study the events of 1917 in order to learn the lessons for today's struggles. All that remained outside the boundaries seemed to fall away from the revolution, seemed somehow to belong to a different world. Now we shall see whom the majority is following, you or us.”. This blog, updated for the 100th anniversary in 2017, is a summary of the outstanding "History of the Russian Revolution" written by one of its leaders, Leon Trotsky. It quotes extensively from his book and hopefully does … The Bolsheviks agreed with the Menshevik assessment that the overthrow of the tsar would be a bourgeois-democratic, not socialist, revolution. Although not yet overstepping the bounds of bourgeois democracy, the Bolsheviks acted, or strove to act—however confused by their leadership—like uncompromising revolutionists. As a leading Bolshevik, Olminsky, said “We (at least many of us) were unconsciously steering a course toward proletarian revolution, although thinking we were steering a course toward a bourgeois-democratic revolution. Unlike the working class, which has the experience of partial struggles against their oppressors, military discipline with its penalty of death gives mutinies an explosive, all-or-nothing character, which cannot be solely instigated by words. Trotsky's first role in the new government was as the people's commissar for foreign affairs, which made Trotsky responsible for creating a peace treaty that would end Russia's participation in World War I. Of its origin dominated by the masses to believe us just on our say-so… the liberal bourgeoisie thin... 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