by Leon Trotsky

Paperback(Second Edition)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Monday, May 17


In January of 1905, thousands of Russian workers, led by a priest on the payroll of the Tsar himself, marched to the gates of the Winter Palace with the intention of humbly petitioning their ruler for an eight hour work day. They were met by an intransigent detachment of royal guards who opened fire, killing hundreds of demonstrators. This massacre was the spark that set off an uprising that would shake the Russian Empire to its very foundation before the year’s end.

At the very center of this movement stood the newly created Soviet of Workers Deputies. Formed to coordinate the wave of mass strikes that stretched from St. Petersburg to Warsaw, this council became the de-facto voice of Russia’s revolutionary workers, who chose Leon Trotsky as their elected leader.

1905 is Leon Trotsky’s account of these events. With his characteristic combination of elegant, beautifully written narrative and incisive, insightful analysis, Trotsky’s book—despite long being out of print—has remained the central point of reference for those looking to understand the rising of workers, peasants, and soldiers that would later become known as ‘the Great Dress Rehearsal.’ Originally written in 1908 for revolutionaries in and outside of Russia to better understand the dynamics and forces at play in order to better apply them to their own circumstances, this new edition reclaims these lessons for today’s radicals

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608467358
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 16.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LEON TROTSKY was a key leader of the Russian Revolution. Forced into exile in 1928, Trotsky devoted the rest of his life to fighting the degeneration of the revolution and rise of a new dictatorial regime. Vilified and isolated, he fought an uncompromising battle with the Stalinist bureaucracy, defending the revolutionary and internationalist principles upon which the revolution was based. In 1940, he was murdered by an agent of the Stalinist regime.

Table of Contents

Russia's Social Development and Tsarism Russian Capitalism
Russian Capitalism
The Peasantry and the Agrarian Question
The Driving Forces of the Russian Revolution
The Spring
January Ninth
The Strike in October
The Creation of the Soviet of Workers' Deputies
October Eighteenth
Witte's Ministry
The first Days of the "Freedoms"
The Tsar's Men at Work
Storming the Censorship Bastilies
Opposition and Revolution
The November Strike
Eight Hours and a Gun
The Peasant Riots
The Red Fleet
On the Threshold of Counter-Revolution
The Last Days of the Soviet
Summing Up
The Proletariat and the Russian Revolution
Our Differences
The Struggle for Power
On the Special Features of Russia's Historical Development
Instead of a Preface to the Second Part 349
The Trial of the Soviet of Workers' Deputies
The Soviet and the Prosecution
My Speech Before the Court

Customer Reviews