Leon Trotsky Fact Sheet: Who was Leon Trotsky? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Leon Trotsky.
Leon Trotsky Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1879 - 1940 *** Full Name: Lev Davidovich Bronshtein and later changed his name to Leon Trotsky *** Occupation: Marxist Revolutionary, Theorist, Soviet Politian and founder of the Red Army *** Date of Birth: Leon Trotsky was born on November 7th 1879 *** Place of Birth: Leon Trotsky was born in Yanovka in Kherson guberniya of the Russian Empire *** Family background: His father was David Leontyevich Bronshtein and wealth farmer and his mother was Anna. Both of his parents were of Jewish descent and he was their fifth child of eight children *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his siblings and his parents *** Education: Leon Trotsky was sent to Odessa at the age of nine by his father to receive an education, enrolled in a German school, over the years he attended the school became Russified ***
Leon Trotsky Fact 1: Leon
Trotsky was born on November 7th
1879 and during the 19th century
period in history when there was
much change across Europe and the
world, the first and second French,
Spanish, Chinese and Holy Roman
Empires all collapsed and Europe
would see two World Wars.
Leon Trotsky Fact 9: In 1902 he met Natalia Ivanovna Sedova and the following year they married and she would remain his wife until he died. They also had two children, Lev died from complications of appendicitis and Sergei during the Great Purge a time of political repression in the Soviet Union.
Leon Trotsky Fact 10: Between 1904 and 1917 Trotsky would describe himself as a “non-factional social democrat.” It was also during this time that Lenin condemned Trotsky for a “Judas”, “scoundrel” and “swine”.
Leon Trotsky Fact 11: In
January of 1907 he again escaped
exile and made his way to London and
in October that year moved to Vienna
taking part in activities with
groups such as the German Social
Democratic Party and the Austrian
Social Democratic Party.
Leon Trotsky Fact 15: During
1916 he found himself deported from
France to Spain because of his
anti-war undertakings. Spain soon
departed him also and he ended up in
the United States by December that
year. In January of 1917 he arrived
in New York City where he wrote for
a Russian Language socialist
newspaper as well as gave speeches
to Russian émigrés.
Leon Trotsky Fact 17: After the revolution and the Bolsheviks were in power he would become the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs.
Leon Trotsky Fact 18: At that time the Red Army was a voluntary army but lacked the numbers to be as successful as it needed to be. It would be at Trotsky’s urging that a military council of former Russian generals be formed. It was not a popular stance but one that he believed was right.
Leon Trotsky Fact 19: In 1918 he became the appointed People’s Commissar of Army and Navy Affairs as well as chairman of the Supreme Military Council.
Leon Trotsky Fact 20: By 1925
however he would lose his posting as
the head of the Red Army and was
effectively unemployed and by 1927
he was expelled from the Central
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