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Date: 1903, 1927, 1930, 1933, 1934

Region: Russia and Central Asia Europe North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature


Artist: Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein) (1879-1940)

Confronting Bodies: Russian Imperial Government, Soviet Union, The United States of America, Germany, Italy

Dates of Action: 1903, 1927, 1930, 1933, 1934

Location: Russia, Soviet Union, United States, Germany, Italy

Description of Artwork: Second Congress of the Russian Socialist Democratic Worker's Party: Report of the Siberian Delegation, held in Brussels and London in July 1903. Trotsky sided with Menshevick faction - advocating a democratic approach to Socialism - against the Bolsheviks, rejecting Lenin's dictatorial methods and organizational concepts which were aiming at immediate revolution.

The Incident: 1903 Russia: Banned by the Imperial Government; 1927 Soviet Union: Banned by the government (therefore the same writings were banned by two opposing ideologies for the same reason- that they opposed the existing philosophies of government); 1930 United States: Boston MA all Trotsky's works banned; 1933 Germany: all Trotsky's works banned; 1933 Soviet Union: all Trotsky's works banned; 1934 Italy: all Trotsky's works banned except in deluxe editions.

Results of Incident: Trotsky has been an under-appreciated thinker and proponent of Democratic Socialism since his exile from the Soviet Union in 1929.

Source: Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.