History of the Russian Revolution to Brest-Litovsk reading group | Thursday, 09. July 2020
About this Event
Full text at: marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1918/hrr/index.htm
1 week for each part in this, through July:
- Thursday 2nd July 6-7.30pm — part 1
- Thursday 9th July 6-7.30pm — part 2
- Thursday 16th July 6-7.30pm — part 3
- Thursday 23rd July 6-7.30pm — part 4
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It was written in 1918 at Brest-Litvosk during the negotiations between the new Soviet government lead by Lenin and Trotsky and the Kaiser’s army. The Russian front was falling apart with Russian soldiers evacuating the front in the **** of a German onslaught. In order to save the situation and the collapse of the Revolution, Leon Trotsky, Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs, was dispatched to the front to start these negotiations on behalf of the new revolutionary government.
The Soviet government was under attack not just by German imperialism but by those on the left, who attacked even the very idea of negotiations with imperialists. This left wing opposition was manifested also inside the Communist movement in Germany as well. Confusion reigned on both sides of the front. This booklet was written and addressed, in large part, to these German workers and soldiers who were confused by the Bolshevik and Soviet negotiations with representatives of their own ruling class.
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