Would Stalin’s great adversary really have ushered in a workers’ paradise? No—a new look into Leon Trotsky’s life and legend shows his revolutionary road was only another cruel mirage. By Robert Service.
His innocently named “Pan-European Picnic” parted the Iron Curtain and helped end European communism. The papers of Hungarian reformer Imre Pozsgay are now open to scholars. By Maciej Siekierski and Jolanta Szabone Szuba.
Chiang Kai-shek’s Shanghai purge did more than intensify the Chinese civil war. It hastened the final clash between Trotsky and Stalin. Three perspectives on the story. By Paul R. Gregory, Hsiao-ting Lin, and Lisa Nguyen.