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Author Service, Robert, 1947-

Title Trotsky : a biography / Robert Service.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  947.084092 TROT/ SERV    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxii, 600 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Pt. 1. 1879-1913 -- Pt. 2. 1914-1919 -- Pt. 3. 1920-1928 -- Pt. 4. 1929-1940.
Summary "Trotsky is perhaps the most intriguing and, given his prominence, the most understudied of the Soviet revolutionaries. Using new archival sources, including family letters, confidential speeches, and medical records, Robert Service offers new insight into Trotsky. He discusses Trotsky's fractious relations with the leaders he was trying to bring into a unified party before 1914, his attempt to disguise his political closeness to Stalin; and his role in the early 1920s as the progenitor of political and cultural Stalinism." "Trotsky evinced a surprisingly glacial and schematic approach to making revolution. Service recounts Trotsky's role in the botched German revolution of 1923, his willingness to subject Europe to a Red Army invasion in the 1920s; and his assumption that peasants could easily be pushed onto collective farms. Service also sheds light on Trotsky's character and personality; his difficulties with his Jewish background, the development of his oratorical skills and his preference for writing over politicking; his inept handling of political factions and coldness toward associates, and his aversion to assuming personal power."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940.
Revolutionaries -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Statesmen -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Exiles -- Russia -- Biography.
Communism -- Soviet Union -- History.
Russia -- Politics and government -- 1894-1917.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936.
ISBN 9780674036154