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iDescribe the main events in the career of Leon Trotsky Trotsky was sent to Odessa by his father where he became an outstanding student in a German secondary school He became a populist at an early age and in late 1896 he was strongly attracted to Marxism Later after escaping from his first imprisonment he went to London and joined up with Lenin After the split in the Russian Social Democratic party he became a leading Menshevik spokesman but later he established an independent course wavering between Bolshevism and Menshevism Trotsky returned to Russia in 1905 and became chairman of the St Petersburg soviet but was arrested during his last meeting While in prison Trotsky developed the theory of permanent revolution He declared that in Russia a bourgeois and a socialist revolution would be combined and that a proletarian revolution would then spread throughout the world He was banished to Siberia again and he worked as a journalist At the outbreak of World War One he was an active in pacifist and radical propaganda Trotsky hailed the outbreak of revolution in Russia in February as the opening of the permanent revolution he had predicted He reached Petrograd in mid-May and assumed the leadership of a left-wing Menshevik faction By 1917 he had returned to Russia and become a member of the Bolshevik party He was one of the chief organizers of the October Revolution which bought the Bolsheviks to power As Foreign commissar Trotskys first charge was to implement the Bolsheviks program of peace by calling for immediate armistice negotiations among the warring powers Germany and its Allies responded and in mid-December peace talks were begun at Brest-Litovsk though Trotsky continued vainly to invite support from the Allied government In January 1918 Trotsky entered into the peace negotiations personally and shocked his adversaries by turning the talks into a propaganda forum Between Lenins position and Bukharins outright call
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