Tuesday, 26 June 2018

197) Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky (born Lev Davidovich Bronstein; 1879 – 1940). Soviet revolutionary, Marxist theorist and politician whose particular strain of Marxist thought is known as Trotskyism.
Trotsky took part in the 1917 October Revolution, immediately becoming a leader within the Communist Party. He was one of the seven members of the first Politburo. He was a prominent figure in the early People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army. After the rise of Joseph Stalin, Trotsky was removed from his positions and eventually expelled from the Soviet Union in February 1929. He spent the rest of his life in exile, and was assassinated in 1940 in Mexico City by Ramón Mercader, a Soviet agent. Trotsky's ideas developed the basis of Trotskyism, a prime school of Marxist thought that opposes the theories of Stalinism. He was written out of the history books under Stalin and was one of the few Soviet political personalities who was not rehabilitated by the Soviet administration under Nikita Khrushchev in the 1950s.

- "After several rather dull speakers, Trotsky was introduced. A man of medium height, with haggard cheeks, reddish hair and straggling red beard stepped briskly forward."
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- "Charlie has always thought that Trotsky looked like a fox, with his auburn hair, his knowing eyes, his sharp nose..." https://books.google.it/



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