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The theory of the permanent revolution … The role of personality arises before us here on a truly gigantic scale. take the time to study the whole of Trotsky’s book to nevertheless In recognition of International Women’s Day, ninety thousand of Petrograd’s workers (men and women) went on strike on February 23. The caricature of a party center issuing orders to an obedient, passive membership bears no resemblance to the real history of 1917, when in initial weeks of the revolution militants and worker cadres outpaced the center. Unfortunately for the rulers of Russia, they also imported the class struggle that is an essential component of capitalism. Menshevik Minister of the Interior Irakli Tseretelli demanded the disarming of the Bolsheviks, which was a thorny problem because they had no stores of arms, but the loyalty of sections of the army and armed workers. In other words, the revolutionists can create a break in the soldiers’ mood only if they themselves are actually ready to seize the victory at any price whatever, even the price of blood. Unfortunately they were the hands of Stalin and Kamenev, and they were firmly conservative. The slogans made the most timid of demands, although in reality the Compromisers had no intention of fulfilling them: “Universal Peace,” “Immediate Convocation of a Constituent Assembly,” “Democratic Republic.” Tseretelli arrogantly called out the Bolsheviks in the soviet: “Now we shall have an open and honest review of the revolutionary forces…. We must base ourselves on the consciousness of the masses. Took a walk in a thin shirt and took up paddling again. The sharpness of the reply is explained by the mood of betrayal: “It had been assumed that, up above, everything was being done to bring peace. Beyond the analytical incisiveness of the History, it is a work of great emotion and poetry, and Trotsky’s success at communicating the sweep of the revolution is often achieved through the tiniest detail depicting the psychological transformation of the masses. The delegates stopped counting the uncomfortable totals. This however, was not enough, Trotsky argues, to eradicate the revolutionary traditions and lessons carried by worker militants. The June demonstration was a test of the contending forces in Russia, but a peaceful one. In the words of a leader of the Socialist Revolutionaries: “The revolution caught us, the party people of those days, like the foolish virgins of the Bible, napping.” Much of the formal leadership of the left, including the Bolsheviks, was abroad, and the underground organizations had been severely damaged, if not totally shattered, in the right-wing surge that accompanied the opening of the war. He argued the situation of dual power was not an “advantageous” arrangement as Stalin had put it in Pravda, it was an unstable balance that could only end in the smashing of the soviets or the Provisional Government. Early in October, Trotsky introduced a resolution into the Bolshevik-controlled Petrograd Soviet that called for the formation of a military committee to prepare the “revolutionary defence of Petrograd”. Of such men, even though they may be illiterate and crude, he is proud; and he wants us to be proud of them. When the State Duma reopened under the pressure of massive social instability he wrote: “April 14. The dynamism and ultimately the success of the Bolshevik Party sprang from the interpenetration of the party and the working class, and the energetic debates within the party. Not less, certainly—and the most active third besides. The wavering of the party center in the first days after the revolution was steadied by the return of firm hands to the helm of Pravda. The Menshevik paper of June 10 declared, “It is time to brand the Leninists as traitors and betrayers of the revolution.”, After whipping up a sizable hysteria over the prospect of a Bolshevik coup, the soviet banned all demonstrations in Petrograd for three days. The June demonstration revealed how thin the thread connecting the masses to their nominal leaders had become. Leon Trotsky was a leader of the Russian revolution in 1917 and is the author of My Life, The History of the Russian Revolution, and The Revolution Betrayed. Thoughts are scientific if they correspond to an objective process and make it possible to influence that process and guide it. The Russian proletariat was forever repeating the short history of its origin. Tugan-Baranovsky, an economist who had studied Marx in his youth, a Russian variety of Sombart, wrote on March 10 in the Birzhevoe Vedomosti: “The Turkish revolution consisted in a victorious uprising of the army, prepared and carried out by the leaders of the army; the soldiers were merely obedient executives of the plans of their officers. May not the cure prove more ruinous than the disease?”, Both the court and the bourgeoisie were held aloft by collaboration with Western capital. Trotsky continues: “only behind the backs of the workers and soldiers, without their knowledge, and against their actual will, had the socialist leaders been able to expropriate this power for the benefit of the bourgeoisie.”. His birth name was Leib Davydovich Bronstein and was born on November 7, 1879, in Southern Ukraine. This blog contains a summary of Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution. 4) 1905-1917: Downturn and Revival, War and Revolu... 5) The February Revolution: February 23rd – 27th 1917. In other words, we were preparing the October Revolution while thinking we were preparing the February.”. Pressure on the soldiers began to break down discipline, first in small groups within units, then suddenly giving way to a flood of mutiny. The Provisional Government was dominated by the Constitutional Democrats (Kadets). Trotsky writes, “The war itself, its victims, its horror, its shame, brought not only the old, but also the new layers of workers into conflict with the tsarist regime. Not wanting to advertise their shift to the right, the Mensheviks argued the soviet should call a demonstration, to rally the masses behind its own banner and pull them away from the Bolsheviks. It is necessary only to understand that role correctly, taking personality as a link in the historic chain. The April demonstrations were the first outbreak of resistance that targeted the workers and soldier’s “own” leaders. Leon Trotsky: 6 facts about the disgraced Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky opens up about Stalin, NY and the Revolution 4 reasons to watch 'Trotsky' on Netflix While the bourgeoisie and their allies in the moderate socialist parties were aware of the threat dual power presented for the establishment of capitalism, the working class and soldiers for the most part did not see the inherent contradiction. Trotsky spares no details in chronicling the defensist, compromising nature of Stalin’s leadership during March, attempting to crack the facade manufactured by the Stalinist bureaucracy of the infallible party and unity of Lenin and Stalin. He writes: To the smug politicians of liberalism and tamed socialism everything that happens among [the?] Women again took the lead, approaching the soldiers and “more boldly than the men, take hold of their rifles, beseech, almost command: ‘Put down your bayonets—join us.’” Seeing the army begin to buckle as it gathered in the arms of its working-class sisters and brothers, the government struck back before dawn on February 26, arresting more than a hundred activists. They saw the Russian workers as the natural leader of a revolutionary movement and the liberals as counterrevolutionary. The following day the movement expanded to half the city’s workers and immediate demands for food were surpassed by political slogans. They voted in large numbers for parties that sought to undermine the revolutionary potential of the soviet. Trotsky credits the Bolsheviks for this influence, despite their organizational weaknesses in the beginning of the outbreak, and argues it was the process of struggle that turned those rudimentary ideas into a driving force for revolution. The Provisional Committee, in contrast, was weak and isolated, able to survive only so long as the soviet permitted it; only so long as the soviet was dominated by parties who supplied the bourgeoisie with the necessary lifeline. At the same hour, and in the same building as the founding of the Provisional Committee, the Executive Committee of the Soviet of Workers’ Deputies was convened. The conflict within the party was brewing before Lenin arrived in Russia, but would not have been resolved in a decisive enough manner to take advantage of the moment. At the beginning of July, a new assault, far broader in scope and under more resolution slogans. They used their leadership position to limit the scope of the lower classes’ incursions into bourgeois power: they could be found resisting the eight-hour workday, standing against the seizure of land by peasants, attempting to curb workplace democracy, and providing political cover for the war. ‘Down with the Ten Minister Capitalists!’ ‘Down with the Offensive’ ‘All Power to the Soviets!’ The ironical smiles froze, and then gradually disappeared. But in voting for them they created a partition wall between themselves and their own aims. “The history of a revolution is for us first of all the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of their own destiny.… The masses go into a revolution not with a prepared plan of social reconstruction, but with a sharp feeling that they ­cannot endure the old regime. The Liberals were attempting to continue a war of aggression under the flag of “defending” revolutionary Russia—they even went so far as to claim to be spreading progress and defending national liberation by invading. The Soviet Executive Committee, which wholly supported the offensive, feared this position would cement their isolation from the masses. A new edition of Trotsky’s classic is being published by Haymarket Books this year. Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution chronicles the revolutionary process of 1917, the challenges for the young working class, its “successive approximations,” as it forged a course through first overthrowing the ancient rotten monarchy of the tsar in February, then casting off the newborn, rotten bourgeois democracy of the Provisional Government in October. But his is not the Lenin of Stalinist myth. Trotsky does argue that Lenin played a decisive role in this and later events of the revolution. Kerensky’s forces met Trotsky’s at the Battle of Pulkovo. The first Congress of Soviets met in Petrograd beginning June 3; 1,088 delegates representing 20,000,000 workers, soldiers, and peasants attended. By early November, Trotsky had all but sacked the capital city. At the end of March, the Cadet minister of foreign affairs, Pavel Miliukov, publicized the Provisional Government’s aims of “liberating” Constantinople, Armenia, northern Persia, and parts of Turkey and Austria. Under these events, so striking in their rhythm, molecular processes were taking place, welding together the heterogeneous parts of the working class into one political whole.”. But the horsemen, cautiously, in a long ribbon, rode through the corridor just made by the officers…the Cossacks, without openly breaking discipline, failed to force the crowd to disperse, but flowed through it in streams…. The victorious movement dashed the hopes of the Liberal bourgeois parties to negotiate an easy transfer of power from the old tsar to a new tsar; instead they found themselves forced into governing by an insurrection they had feared all along. He achieves in his image of the revolution the unity of the subjective and objective elements.1. This is not to say that Trotsky deemphasizes the role of the Bolsheviks or their outstanding leaders. The conclusion was universal; it welded the masses together and gave them a mighty dynamic force.”. They therefore brought the issue before the full Congress of Soviets, then meeting in Petrograd, which approved it. While reasserting his own leading role (he became president of the Petrograd Soviet in August and led the October insurrection), Trotsky, who was not to join the Bolsheviks until July of 1917, gives the greatest responsibility for the success of the Bolsheviks to Lenin. An overwhelming majority of the workers, Menshevik, Social Revolutionary and non-party, supported the Bolsheviks at the moment of direct grapple with tsarism. Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Outcast: 1929–1940 (New York: Vintage Books, 1963), 219. And so it was in reality.”. Trotsky’s personal involvement in no way inhibits his scientific view. Michael Ratner interviewed by Anthony Arnove, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. However, the aims of the Mensheviks and the reality of the life of the Soviet diverged immediately. Members of the Bolshevik center argued against this new theory, arguing the democratic revolution had not been completed, and therefore could not move on to a socialist stage. Now we shall see whom the majority is following, you or us.”. The Bolsheviks needed to prepare for an overthrow of the Provisional Government in favor of “All Power to the Soviets,” to open the era of international revolution. At the factories they began insistently to question deputies about foreign policy, the war, the two-power system, the food question; and as a result of these examinations Menshevik and SR delegates were more and more frequently replaced by Bolsheviks…Sukhanov estimates that at the beginning of May the Bolsheviks had behind them a third of the Petrograd proletariat. Leon Trotsky's revolutionary activity as a young man spurred his first of several ordered exiles to Siberia. In the words of his comrade Ludmilla Stahl, in embracing the struggle for socialism “we are now doing what life itself suggests to us.” Lenin was not pulling theories out of the air; he made an objective assessment of the situation that included a working class whose self-activity had created a situation of dual power. History of the Russian Revolution is a two-volume book by Leon Trotsky on the Russian Revolution of 1917. While many things changed over the months of revolution, these parties stayed true to their chosen allies: the Mensheviks clung at any cost to their liberal bourgeois allies, and the Bolsheviks drew closer to the peasantry through revolutionary action. Undoubtedly, the theory that brilliantly anticipated and explained what actually took place in 1917 was worked out by Trotsky. Page numbers refer to the Pluto Press 1979 edition. In that lies its strength. The armed demonstration against the imperialist policy of the Provisional Government has gone into history under the name of the “April Days,” whereas according to the Western calendar it happened in May. It did this with a new incisiveness and led them to the conclusion: we can no longer endure it. The Bolsheviks’ plan was to march to the halls where the soviet was meeting, to keep fresh in their mind who they were meant to be representing under the banners of “All Power to the Soviets” and “Down with the Ten Minister-Capitalists.” Giving an indication of the growing hegemony of the Bolsheviks within the most militant section of the working class, the Central Council of Factory and Shop Councils decided to organize for the demonstration. As a leading Bolshevik, Olminsky, said “We (at least many of us) were unconsciously steering a course toward proletarian revolution, although thinking we were steering a course toward a bourgeois-democratic revolution. The Provisional Government found itself caught in a conundrum; with every step toward consolidation or pursuing its own interest, it unleashed the fury of the working class, peasantry, and soldiers, but if it sat idly, the encroachment by the oppressed classes on its power would continue unchecked. He concludes: “To the question, who led the February Revolution? As Trotsky writes in the Preface to the History: "During the first two months of 1917 Russia was still a Romanov monarchy. They had every intention of continuing the war and annexing anything they could get their hands on—but they needed to reinvent the rationale for the slaughter. The Tzar and Tzarina 5. Originally formed in the mass strike movement of 1905, the soviets (Russian for “council”) began as committees for organizing strike activity, but grew as the conflict developed into organs for self-governance and centers for armed struggle against tsarism. The privilege of historic backwardness—and such a privilege exists—permits, or rather compels, the adoption of whatever is ready in advance of any specified date, skipping a whole series of intermediate stages. The working class leapt from conditions of peasant livelihood directly into the collective urban experience, which included “sharp changes of environment, ties, relations, and a sharp break with the past. Here the chief political knot of the new regime is tied: one of its threads leads into the chamber of the Executive Committee of workers and soldiers, the other into the central headquarters of the bourgeois parties. Trotsky brilliantly explains: The more the soldiers in their mass are convinced that the rebels really are rebelling—that this is not a demonstration after which they will have to go back to the barracks and report, that this is a struggle to the death, that the people might win if they join them, and that this winning will not only guarantee impunity, but will alleviate the lot of all—the more they realize this, the more willing they are to turn aside their bayonets, or go over with them to the people. But even this did not help: standing stock-still in perfect discipline, the Cossacks did not hinder the workers from ‘diving’ under their horses. This blog, updated for the 100th anniversary in 2017, is a summary of the outstanding "History of the Russian Revolution" written by one of its leaders, Leon Trotsky. In 1915 this reversed course: economic strikes resumed, and escalated so rapidly their numbers doubled by 1916. America, the new entrant to the carnage, offered $75,000,000 in credit to the Provisional Government if they would undertake a new offensive. “In reality his ill-luck flowed from the contradictions between those old aims which he inherited from his ancestors and the new historic conditions in which he was placed.”, Russia’s bourgeoisie, who hated the tsar and longed for his wretched court and its superstitions and rituals to be swept away, were paralyzed by fear of a rebellion from below that a palace coup would unleash. We can then answer definitely enough: Conscious and tempered workers educated for the most part by the party of Lenin. Thus it is by no means excluded that a disoriented and split party might have let slip the revolutionary opportunity for many years. Where Stalin is present, he is often arguing against Lenin, and is firmly on the conservative side of most debates. With the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries formally working in unity with the Liberals, “every soldier that expressed a little more boldly than the rest what they all were feeling was so persistently shouted at from above as a Bolshevik, that he was obliged in the long run to believe it.”, As the politicization of the armed forces progressed, the possibility of victory shrank: “When enlightened pacifists try to abolish war by rationalistic arguments they are merely ridiculous, but when the armed masses themselves bring weapons of reason into action against a war, that means the war is about over.”, While the army was seething and tearing itself apart at the front, Petrograd became the scene of a different type of confrontation as the competing parties measured the depth of their loyalty among the masses. A prolongation of the war could give the Russian people nothing but new victims, humiliations, disasters—nothing but an increase of domestic and foreign slavery. Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution, Russian Revolution: 1917-2017 on Facebook, Martin Powell-Davies - Teacher, trade unionist, socialist, The History of the Russian Revolution - a Summary, 1) The Revolution and the Revolutionary Party, 3) Three concepts of the Russian Revolution. They were also influenced by fear of cutting themselves off from the many workers who still identified with the Mensheviks and Socialist Revolutionaries. The parties that dominated the life of the oppressed classes in the months after February believed, in the words of Nikolai Sukhanov, a Menshevik chronicler of the revolution, “The power destined to replace tsarism must be only a bourgeois power…we must steer our course by this principle. A burst of strikes emptied the factories in support of the armed demonstrators. The resolution was passed and the Military Revolutionary Committee (MRC, or Milrevcom) was formed. They were led by Vladimir Lenin and a group of revolutionaries called the Bolsheviks. The tsar’s cavalry, the Cossacks, were called out, but the crowd carefully avoided direct confrontation, confident that the mounted guards wouldn’t shoot, and they didn’t. What became the first day of the February Revolution didn’t appear to anyone to be of any historic importance. But we must here immediately add: This leadership proved sufficient to guarantee the victory of the insurrection, but it was not adequate to transfer immediately into the hands of the proletarian vanguard the leadership of the revolution.”, The bourgeoisie was deeply frightened by the revolution. Within the soviet, the Compromisers grew furious over the affront to their power. That is the essence of 1917. However, the motivation of the Mensheviks was not to deepen the initiative of the rebellious working class, but to bring the movement to heel under the establishment of a bourgeois democracy. The last four months of this “molecular process” will be the subject of the second half of this article. Fearing to lead the workers prematurely into a confrontation with the Compromisers, the Bolsheviks sent representatives to the factories and barracks to call off the action. The Stalinist image of an infallible party always a step ahead of the class does not withstand an honest appraisal of the revolution. Much to the delegates’ chagrin, the Bolshevik Military Organization called for a demonstration on June 10 in response to a brewing confrontation over the seizure by anarchists of a bureaucrat’s summer home for a workers’ school. original work. The Bolsheviks won over the leadership of their peers most rapidly at the point of direct confrontation—the shop committees in the factories were solidly Bolshevik months before the party dominated the soviet. The triumph of the Bolsheviks was too obvious. shell-shocked as it were by the insurrection, and still hardly in control of their tongues. In the early months of World War One the national rulers were able to defuse the class bitterness that had resurfaced in 1912 after years of repression. Hearing this news, the Liberal Duma representatives hastily formed a Provisional Committee, as if cobbling together a raft to ride out the breaking wave of revolution. But no historic class lifts itself from a subject position to a position of rulership suddenly in one night, even though a night of revolution…. Leon Trotsky was a big part of the Russian Revolution. A procession of women marched on the local Duma (city council) demanding bread, which “was like demanding milk from a he-goat.” Among the banners appeared slogans for the overthrow of the tsar and the end to the war, but the day passed peacefully. At the end of April, a demonstration of the armed workers and soldiers in Petrograd. This blog, updated for the 100th anniversary in 2017, is a summary of the outstanding "History of the Russian Revolution" written by one of its leaders, Leon Trotsky. The following day 25,000–30,000 armed soldiers and workers registered their disagreement. But not for long. The intolerable situation was building to a head in the winter of 1917, leading to an acknowledgement among radicals that they were on the road to a dramatic explosion. He waged Russia's 1917 revolution alongside Vladimir Lenin. In the chapter “Shifts in the Masses” Trotsky assesses the course of 1917: A revolution teaches and teaches fast. The outbreak of war in 1914 had put a quick halt to a mounting surge of working-class protest throughout Russia, giving way to brief but wild displays of patriotism. The elections to the organs and the institutions of the victorious revolution attract and challenge infinitely broader masses than those who battled with arms in their hands…. But none saw how short a road it was. The role of Trotsky in the Bolshevik Revolution. With the success of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Lenin became the leader of the new Soviet government and Trotsky became second only to Lenin. It is just this fact—combined with the concentrated oppressions of tsarism—that made the Russian workers hospitable to the boldest conclusions of revolutionary thought—just as the backward industries were hospitable to the last word in capitalist organization.” Despite their numerically small proportion—about 10 percent of the population in 1917—the working class held an economic and social position that meant they could lead the peasant majority in overthrowing capitalism in Russia, but could only be successful as part of an international wave of revolts. But the regiments of the Guard which on February 27 overthrew the … Leon Trotsky was a Russian Communist leader second only to Lenin during the 1917 Revolution and the Civil War. In electing the parties of compromise, the suffering classes had identified them as “opponents of the tsar, the capitalists, and the landowners. The Bolsheviks agreed with the Menshevik assessment that the overthrow of the tsar would be a bourgeois-democratic, not socialist, revolution. At the end of October, conquest of power by the Bolsheviks. The first volume is dedicated to the political history of February Revolution and the second to that of October Revolution, with the intention of explaining the relations between these two events. The Bolsheviks, to be sure, were asserting that the government wanted the war prolonged for the sake of robberies. In confrontations through the day forty protestors were shot. Trotsky describes the scene as the soviet delegates viewed the march: The first Bolshevik slogans were met half-laughingly—Tseretelli had so confidently thrown down his challenge the day before. Without Lenin the crisis, which the opportunist leadership was inevitably bound to produce, would have assumed an extraordinarily sharp and protracted character. All we can do is to explain patiently, insistently, systematically the error of their tactics. Leon Trotsky, writing his own history of the Russian Revolution in the late 1920s, described the role of Georgy Gapon: “The forms taken by the historic events of January 9th could not, of course, have been foreseen by anyone. The Duma was closed today. Unlike the working class, which has the experience of partial struggles against their oppressors, military discipline with its penalty of death gives mutinies an explosive, all-or-nothing character, which cannot be solely instigated by words. At the end of August, Kornilov’s attempt at an overthrow beaten off by the masses. Peasants, and the lower ranks of the middle class, gravitated toward the soviet, as the “masses poured into the soviet as though into the triumphal gates of the revolution. In 1917, one of the greatest events in human history took place when, led by the Bolshevik Party, the workers and peasants of Russia carried through a victorious revolution. The new ministry included the nephew of the tsar, Prince Lvov, as prime minister, (who Trotsky characterizes as having “a strong dislike for excitement”) and some of Russia’s richest industrialists and landlords. … The third day the strike continued to deepen, and the army was called out as the Cossacks wavered and the hated police were chased out of the streets. Trotsky’s explanation captures the dynamism of the class struggle, which exists simultaneously in political and economic spheres, in elections and insurrection. Not Socialist, revolution and exiled to Siberia 20,000,000 workers, soldiers, and they rushed to build local.... 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