Leon Trotsky: Three Aspects

Thatcher, Ian Dennis (1990) Leon Trotsky: Three Aspects. MLitt(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis examines three aspects of Leon Trotsky (1879-1940). Chapter One analyses Trotsky's most famous, and most written about, 'theory of permanent revolution'. Defining theory as explanation, it is argued that one cannot talk of a specific 'theory of permanent revolution'. Trotsky introduced laws of uneven and combined development, and it was these that acted as the explanation of the component parts of 'permanent revolution' - (i) the Russian proletariat could seize power before the Russian bourgeoisie; (ii) that once in command the Russian proletariat would introduce socialist measures; (iii) that world revolution would be necessary for full socialism to be constructed. This does not mean that the notion of 'permanent revolution' has to be abandoned. It can be retained, but as a political programme.

Item Type: Thesis (MLitt(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Biographies, Slavic literature, Russian history
Date of Award: 1990
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1990-77035
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 09:23
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 09:23
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/77035

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