Tony Cliff

Trotsky: The Sword of the Revolution


Tony Cliff, Trotsky: 2. The Sword of the Revolution 1917-1923, Bookmarks, London 1990.
Transcribed by Martin Fahlgren (July 2009).
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.


Several people have helped in the writing of this book. Many thanks are due to Chris Bambery, Alex Callinicos, Donny Gluckstein and Chris Harman. I owe a debt to Linda Aitken and Ahmed Shawki for help in locating material. Thanks are due in particular to John Molyneux for expert critical comment and most valuable stylistic suggestions, and to Peter Marsden for editing and advice. Chanie Rosenberg deserves a special thanks for participating in the editing of the manuscript and for typing it.

Tony Cliff, April 1990

Tony Cliff was a member of the Socialist Workers Party in Britain, and wrote many previous books. The first volume of this biography, Trotsky: Towards October 1879-1917, was published by Bookmarks in July 1989. His other books include the classic State Capitalism in Russia (1974) and two previous political biographies: Rosa Luxemburg (1959) and Lenin (in three volumes 1975-79).

Last updated on 30 July 2009