Leon Trotsky

(1879_1940 / Bereslavka)

Leon Trotsky
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Leon Trotsky (7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940), born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army.

Trotsky was initially a supporter of the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. He joined the Bolsheviks immediately prior to the 1917 October Revolution, and eventually became a leader within the Party. During the early days of the Soviet Union, he served first as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army as People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs. He was a major... more »

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  • ''It was the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 40 (1930).
  • ''It was the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 40 (1930). In his last book, Stalin (published 1947), drafted while in exile in Mexi...
  • ''The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Quoted in Antonio Gramsci: an Introduction to his Thought, preface, Alberto Pozzolini (1970).
  • ''Our party's most outstanding mediocrity.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Quoted in Dmitri Volkogonov, Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy, foreword (1989, trans. 1991). In his la...
  • ''Under all conditions well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Stalin, ch. 3 (1947). Unfinished biography of Stalin.
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