This little work owes its existence to the encouragement, advice and practical help of Tony Cliff.
Insofar as its treatment of Trotsky’s thought is in any way unusual, it is very heavily dependent on Cliffs own appreciation and critique from 1947 onwards. Of course, Cliff is not responsible for every emphasis I have made.
Three other specific acknowledgements must be made. To Nigel Harris, whose writings and conversation have considerably modified my own first assessment of Trotsky; to John Molyneux, whose Marxism and the Party has influenced me more than may appear from a superficial view of our respective writings on the subject; and to Chanie Rosenberg who converted my handscript into type in the odd intervals of a very active political life and without whose efforts it would never have seen the light of day.
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