LEON TROTSKY
March 13, 1918 – January 15, 1925

"We must give a scientific explanation of society, and clearly explain it to the masses. That is the difference between Marxism and reformism."



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Family Background










Political Background

  • In January 1898, Trotsky was arrested for revolutionary activity and spent four and a half years in prison and in exile in Siberia He escaped in 1902 with a forged passport bearing the name Trotsky, which he adopted as his revolutionary pseudonym.

  • He made his way to London, where he joined the group of Russian Social-Democrats working with Lenin on the revolutionary newspaper Iskra(“The Spark”).

  • The Russian Social-Deomocracts divided into to two seperate at the partys second congress. Trotsky sided with the Mensheviks faction—advocating a democratic approach to Socialism—against Lenin and the Bolskevik.

  • Trotsky became a leading spokesman of the St. Petersburg Soviet (council) of Workers’ Deputies when it organized a revolutionary strike movement and other measures of defiance against the tsarist government.

  • In the aftermath, Trotsky was jailed and brought trial in 1906. While incarcerated Trotsky wrote one of his major works, "Results and Prospects,” setting forth his theory of permanent revolution.after a second exile to Siberia,

  • Trotsky joined the Bolsheviks and played a decisive role in the communist take-over of power in 1917. His first post in the new government was as foreign commissar, where he found himself negotiating peace terms with Germany. He was then made war commissar and built up the Red Army which prevailed against the White Russian forces in the civil war.

  • Trotsky played a crucial role in keeping the Bolshevik regime alive. He saw himself as Lenin's heir-apparent.




Paralles Between Leon Trotsky and Snowball
  • Both snowball and Trotsky had thier own followings, Snowball had "vote for snowball and the three day week". This was a following of animals who agreed with idea of building a windmilll and only having to work three days a week.
  • Trotsky had his following of the politcal party Mensheviks.(“Those of the Minority”). Who parted from the Bolsheviks because they werent seen as professional revoluntionaries.
  • In the book snowball took some of the leader role and organized many committes such as, The Egg production for the henns, Clean tails league for the cows, and also Wild comrads re-education committee for the rats and rabbits.
  • Trotsky was also a leader in his own right as foreign commissar, where he found himself negotiating peace terms with Germany. He was then made war commissar and built up the Red Army which prevailed against the White Russian forces in the civil war.
  • One fatal parallel that was both ture for Snowball and Trotsky was that they both stood as a threat for leaders among them.
    Snowball objected to Napelon and gave great speeches as to why the windmill should be built. When he just about won the vote of the animals dogs were sent after him and after a long and almost deadly chase he was never seen at the farm again.
  • Trotsky had the same fate, when Lenin died he felt as if he should be come leader but stalin saw other wise. Trotsky objected to him and was later on killed.















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