21 August 1940–Leon Trotsky

Today is Eclipse Monday….waiting for a total eclipse of the Sun…..I can think of nothing else that I care so little about….

Since I am not that interesting it this how about a little history?

Ever since my days in school I was fascinated with Russian history it was ll so colorful….the period of their history from 1890 to 1920 was the most interesting….this was the years just before, during and after World War One.

Did you know that Germany funded Lenin’s rise to power in 1917?  They did so because that if Lenin had gained power he had given his word that Russia would be pulled out of WW1 and then Germany would be fighting on a one front war giving them an advantage (this would make an interesting post later)

Any way  the Communists that were fighting for power Lenin, Stalin, the one that I was most interested in was Trotsky.

After the death of Lenin and persecuted by Stalin Trotsky left Russia for New York and then Mexico….on this day, 21 August 1940, Trotsky was assassinated by agents of Stalin in Mexico.

His life is stuff of legend as they say (whoever they are)…….

Leon Davidovich Trotsky (November 7, 1879 – August 21, 1940), born Lev Davidovich Bronstein, was a Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist. An influential politician in the early days of the Soviet Union, Trotsky served as the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs and the People’s Commissar of War and was the founder and commander of the Red Army. He was also a founding member of the Politburo, the central policymaking and governing body of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Following a power struggle with Joseph Stalin in the 1920s, Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party and deported from the Soviet Union. Ramon Mercader assassinated Trotsky in Mexico in 1940. Trotsky’s ideas form the basis of the Communist theory of Trotskyism, which remains a major school of Marxist thought theoretically opposed to Stalinism and Maoism.

Source: Leon Trotsky

Okay that was a history lesson…..

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