Talk:Leon Trotsky

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Former featured article candidate Leon Trotsky is a former featured article candidate. Please view the links under Article milestones below to see why the nomination failed. For older candidates, please check the archive.
January 27, 2006 Featured article candidate Not promoted


Trotsy was Jewish even though he renounced Judaism, because Judaism is an ethno-religion. A copt who renounces coptic Christianity is still a copt.Equivocasmannus (talk) 19:23, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

It's true that he could still be considered Jewish, but Judaism was not his religion, and calling him Jewish in the infobox would mischaracterize his philosophy. Symphonic Spenguin (talk) 19:34, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Request for Comments[edit]

There is an RfC on the question of using "Religion: None" vs. "Religion: None (atheist)" in the infobox on this and other similar pages.

The RfC is at Template talk:Infobox person#RfC: Religion infobox entries for individuals that have no religion.

Please help us determine consensus on this issue. --Guy Macon (talk) 02:10, 26 April 2015 (UTC)


Trotsky openly discussed the socialist ethics of using nationalism to support socialism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Intheafternoon (talkcontribs) 08:38, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

I can't remember where it is exactly, but it is somewhere in the Trotskyite scriptures. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Intheafternoon (talkcontribs) 08:41, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Replacing Crimea photo with Kronstadt photo[edit]

Crimea is not mentioned once in this article, so I replaced the Evpatoria red terror photo with one of soldiers charging Kronstadt - something Trotsky actually organized. @Tes712ngombe: you added the photo back, stating that "Trotsky's Red terror is mentioned in the article." However, the quote from Trotsky has no apparent relationship to fighting in Evpatoria or Crimea. If we can find that and add more information that'd be great, but the photograph makes it look like Trotsky organized those events in Crimea, which for now at least, seems to be false. -Darouet (talk) 13:01, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

I would tend to agree. The article as-is doesn't make it clear what connection Trotsky had with the Crimea affair other than that he supported the Red Terror. But I think it would be useful to consider each photo on its own merits rather than trying to decide between the two. Kendall-K1 (talk) 14:10, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Bronstein / Bronshtein[edit]

The romanization Bronshtein looks weird, I've never seen it before in relation to Trotsky. The article inconsistently uses Bronstein and Bronshtein throughout, but for some reason the odd Bronshtein spelling appears in the heading. Everyone knows that 'stein' (in German) is pronounced with a 'sh', what is the purpose of using a pedantic transliteration of the cyrillic? Is there a precedence for this spelling anywhere? (talk) 10:50, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Google Ngram overwhelmingly prefers "Bronstein". Kendall-K1 (talk) 13:15, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
The "shtein" transliteration is not common. See also Bronstein; there's no Bronshtein surname page. Qzd (talk) 14:07, 15 January 2016 (UTC)