The Rescuers

The Tragedy of Leon Trotsky

Lecture by Joshua Rubenstein, author of "Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life"

7:00pm @ Milne Hall Room 200, UAlbany downtown Campus


Event: Lecture by Joshua Rubenstein, author of "Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life"

Venue: Milne Hall Room 200, UAlbany downtown campus

A preeminent revolutionary figure, Leon Trotsky led an upheaval that helped define the contours of twentieth-century politics. Joshua Rubenstein, author of Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life (2011), gives us an interpretation for the twenty-first century.

As Amazon writes about the book: "Born Lev Davidovich Bronstein in southern Ukraine, Trotsky was both a world-class intellectual and a man capable of the most narrow-minded ideological dogmatism. He was an effective military strategist and an adept diplomat, who staked the fate of the Bolshevik revolution on the meager foundation of a Europe-wide Communist upheaval. He was a master politician who played his cards badly in the momentous struggle for power against Stalin in the 1920s. And he was an assimilated, indifferent Jew who was among the first to foresee that Hitler's triumph would mean disaster for his fellow European Jews, and that Stalin would attempt to forge an alliance with Hitler if Soviet overtures to the Western democracies failed.

"Here, Trotsky emerges as a brilliant and brilliantly flawed man. Rubenstein offers us a Trotsky who is mentally acute and impatient with others, one of the finest students of contemporary politics who refused to engage in the nitty-gritty of party organization in the 1920s, when Stalin was maneuvering, inexorably, toward Trotsky's own political oblivion."

Joshua Rubenstein has been professionally involved with human rights and international affairs for more than 35 years as an activist, scholar and journalist with particular expertise in Soviet affairs. He is the Northeast Regional Director of Amnesty International USA and a long-time Fellow of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

The program is free and open to the public. Light, kosher refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in the lot across Western Ave. from Milne Hall or on the street.