After the bolsheviks came to power, trotsky became the peoples commissar for foreign affairs and published the secret treaties previously signed by the triple entente that detailed plans for post-war reallocation of colonies and redrawing state borders. Leon trotskyonce a vocal critic of lenin and the bolshevik partyjoined the bolsheviks in august 1917. Trotsky quickly rose to a position of power in the party just before the october revolution, he was elected to the bolshevik central committee. During the revolution, trotsky oversaw soviet military operations in petrograd (now st.). The basic motivation of trotsky behind writing this piece was to translate the experience of the revolution into both a teaching tool and a weapon in revolution. Trotskys history of the russian revolution on the centennial of the revolution by jeff rasley an unopened boxed set of the three-volume trotskys history of the russian revolution occupied space on bookshelves within my various residences for the last forty-four years. Trotskys history of the russian revolution is a long, very complex, and extremely detailed treatment of the remarkably eventful period from february to october of 1917. Russia at the time was at war with germany as part of an entente or three-country coalition that also included great britain and france. Translated by max eastman, 1932 library of congress catalog card number 80839460834. Trotskys history of the russian revolution is a long, very complex, and extremely detailed treatment of the remarkably eventful period from february to october of 1917. Russia at the time was at war with germany as part of an entente or three-country coalition that also included great britain and france. The definitive account of the russian revolution by leon trotsky, its leader and key historian. Published to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the 1917 russian revolution, this edition of trotskys masterpiece, with a new foreword by ahmed shawki, tells the epic story of the remarkable events which transformed russian and world history forever. 94 quotes from leon trotsky the end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. , everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above.