Lenin and Trotsky on the Quantitative Aspects of Strikes and Revolution


1 October 2021


Volume 1 – Number 10

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Eddie Cottle
Rhodes University



Lenin and Trotsky took a keen interest not only of the qualitative aspects of strike dynamics but also the quantitative aspects to examine the changing levels of consciousness, the organisational capacity of the working class and the overall temporal dynamics of the class struggle. They examined the close connection between the strike weapon and economic fluctuations and the detailed movement from the economic to the political strike in order to gauge the path to revolution. The main purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the quantitative method used by Lenin and Trotsky’s integration of the quantitative aspects in explaining the qualitative dimensions of strikes and protest.


Strikes, Quantitative Analysis, Revolution, Capitalism, Russia