The Prophet Armed: Trotsky 1879–1921

The Prophet Armed: Trotsky 1879–1921 Isaac Deutscher (Estate)
Pub date 1st January 1954
Original publisher Oxford University Press
Publisher (UK) Verso Books
International publishers Record (Brazil), LOM (Chile), Central Compilation & Translation Press (China), Window of Times (Korea)

Volume I

Few political figures of the twentieth century have aroused as much passion and controversy as the Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Trotsky’s extraordinary life and extensive writings have left and indelible mark on revolutionary conscience; and yet there was at one time a danger that his name would disappear altogether from history. Isaac Deutscher’s magisterial three-volume biography was the first major publication to counter the powerful Stalinist propaganda machine, and in this definitive work Trotsky emerges as the most heroic, and ultimately tragic, character of the Russian Revolution.

This first volume of the trilogy, originally published in 1954, traces Trotsky’s political development: his early activities, the formation and crystallization of his distinctive and motivating idea – the permanent revolution – his long feud and final reconciliation with Lenin and Bolshevism, and his role in the October insurrection of 1917. The volume ends in the year 1921, when Trotsky, then at the climax of power, unwittingly sowed the seeds of his own defeat.

Previously published in Japan, Korea, Spain and Russia.


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