Leon Trotsky 's Influence On The Soviet Revolution

1496 Words Mar 13th, 2015 6 Pages
John McNally
Ms. Zbrzeznj
Global Perspectives
13 March 2015

Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky was a man to be reckoned with. Trotsky was a Marxist revolutionary who played a leading role in the 1905 Revolution, in the eventual Communist Revolution of October 1917, and in the Russian Civil War. Without Trotsky’s impact in the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks would have been defeated. His own beliefs on Marxism combined with his intellect made Trotsky a target and influential leader in the Soviets. From his studies on Marxism, he created Trotskyism, a Marxist ideology based on the theory of permanent revolution. Also, his organization-building skills and revolutionary military ideas made him a great military leader. However, Leon Trotsky was also prone to arrogance, fatal over-confidence, dismissiveness and sarcasm, qualities that contributed to his demise. His downfall was caused by Joseph Stalin as well. Joseph Stalin set out to destroy the old party leadership and take total control. Leon Trotsky was one of the most influential Russian leaders, because of his political and military leadership and revolutionary theories.
Leon Trotsky helped make the Soviet army a revolutionary force with his military ideas and organization-building skills. As commissar of war, “Trotsky established a system of discipline and hierarchical control, while also emphatically rejecting attempts to enthrone new military orthodoxies based on partisan…
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