Lev Davidovich Bronstein was a major political figure in the turn of the twentieth century for the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialists Republics) aka Russia. Bronstein’s impact was greater with national history than international history. He was born on November 7, 1879, Ukraine (Yanovka) and later changed his name to Leon Trotsky, the name of his prison guard at Odessa prison whilst in exile in Siberia. Trotsky was introduced to Marxism at a young age of 17 at a school in Nikolayev. Marxism is a political ideology crated by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that presents the idea of having a revolution involving violence in order to obtain a classless society. The rise of Trotsky’s political power starts during his first jail sentencing in 1898 where he had joined the ‘Russian Social Democratic Labour Party’ (RSDLP). This was the initial development of Leon Trotsky and his road to important political positions. It was these significant political roles that strongly impacted the, not only Russian, but International history as we know it today.
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin) was the current leader after the fall and collapse of the Romanov Dynasty, and failure of seizure of power by the provisional government. Lenin and the Bolsheviks (majority communist party) were in power of Russia post 1917. Trotsky was a member of the Menshevik party (minority men), but in August 1917, joined the Bolshevik party, always having some “Bolshevik spirit”. Following the creation of the ‘SOVNARKOM’, a council of people’s Commissar’s, Trotsky was appointed ‘Commissar for Foreign Affairs’. During this four month duration of ‘Commissar for Foreign Affairs’, Trotsky introduced his ideal of “no war, no peace”. This merely was the intention of neither fighting Germany, nor making peace with it. This was an ignorant claim by Trotsky, being strongly opposed by Lenin, as he demanded peace with Germany before
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