Leon trotskys 1905 preface to the first edition the events of 1905 formed a majestic prologue to the revolutionary drama of 1917 for a number of years when the reaction was triumphant the year 1905 appeared to us as a completed whole as the russian revolution today it has lost that independent nature without at the same time forfeiting . Leon trotsky was a bolshevik revolutionary and marxist theorist he was one of the leaders of the russian october revolution second only to vladimir lenin during the early days of the soviet union he served first as peoples commissar for foreign affairs and later as the founder and commander of the red army and peoples commissar of war. 1905 was not only a momentous year for late imperial russia it also marked an important turning point in leon trotskys life it was precisely in 1905 that as trotsky himself stated he first advanced the theory of permanent revolution a doctrine that was to be associated with him until his death and beyond. Part of the first st petersburg soviet of workers deputies in 1905 trotsky is in the middle row fourth from the left
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