A Note on Trotsky’s Life on the Day of His Death

Posted August 20, 2017 7:43 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

I claim no great expertise in Russian revolutionary history, and even less in the life of Trotsky. So take this for what it’s worth: just a very simple note to say that, in this centenary year of the revolution, my bedtime reading has included Robert Service’s fascinating Trotsky: A Biography (Belknap Press, 2011), 648pp. One of the virtues of this book is to disabuse people of the line one sometimes hears that Trotsky would have been far kinder than Stalin was, and was far less inclined to the use of mass violence. Conquest pours considerable doubt on this claim, and I

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