Lenin, Trotsky and the Theory of the Permanent Revolution

Wellred Publications is pleased to announce the publication of a new book on Trotsky's famous theory of the Permanent Revolution, written by John Roberts. This work critically analyses and compares Lenin and Trotsky's writings in relation to the theory of the Permanent Revolution and defends that theory against revisionist writers.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Theory of the Permanent Revolution"It is therefore refreshing to read a book which, with a wealth of interesting material based upon an exhaustive research of the subject, develops new insights into the history of Bolshevism and the Russian Revolution... particularly interesting is the detailed account of the way in which Lenin's position on the nature of the Russian Revolution evolved from his original theory of the democratic dictatorship of the proletariat and peasantry to his final position in 1917. The author shows clearly that the intention of the Bolsheviks was not to achieve a ‘Russian Road To Socialism' but to ignite the flame of international revolution." (From the Foreword by Alan Woods, author of Bolshevism, The Road To Revolution')


  • Foreword (by Alan Woods)
  • Abbreviations and explanatory notes
  • Introduction
  • Lenin, Trotsky and the revolutionary party
  • Lenin and Trotsky in the first Russian revolution (1905)
  • Lenin and the revolutionary-democratic dictatorship of the proletariat and peasantry
  • Trotsky and the theory of the permanent revolution
  • 1917: From the April Theses to the October proletarian revolution
  • Lenin said so himself
  • Constituent assembly or commune-type state?
  • Conclusions and Bibliography


229 Pages
ISBN 978 1 900007 32 0

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Wellred also has in stock Trotsky's book ‘The Permanent Revolution' as well as many other socialist and Marxist books, many available at a special price. Recent titles include ‘What Is Marxism?' and Trotsky's ‘History Of The Russian Revolution' (available in a 3 volume edition) as well as copies of Ted Grant's book ‘The Unbroken Thread.'