Leon Davidovich Trotsky (Bronstein) is one of the most contradictory characters in the history of Russian and international revolution movement-he was well known as a loyal leader of the masses and the Party, but on the other hand, his own ambitions often conflicted with interests of the Party members and other Communist leaders.
Trotsky was born in 1879. His real name was Lev Davidovich Bronstein. His father was a well-to-do Jewish farmer in the Ukrainian province of Kherson. His mother, Anna, was of the educated middle class. He had an older brother and sister and two siblings who died in infancy. At the age of eight, he was sent to school in Odessa, where he spent eight years with the family of his mothers nephew, a liberal intellectual. He attended school in Odessa, developing an early brilliance and bookishness. He reports his observation of the composition of his class: “the tale-bearers and envious at one pole, the frank, courageous boys at the other, and the neutral, vacillating mass in the middle.” (Leon
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