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Russia had an extraordinary twentieth century, undergoing upheaval and transformation. Updating his acclaimed History of Modern Russia, Robert Service provides a panoramic perspective on a country whose Soviet past encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror, and two world wars. He shows how seven decades of communist rule, which penetrated every aspect of Soviet life, continue to influence Russia today. This new edition takes the story from 2002 through the entire presidency of Vladimir Putin to the election of his successor, Dmitri Medvedev.
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This study treats the years 1917-1991 as a single period, focusing on the policies and practices of the regime; society is brought into the story only episodically, and as a function of the Party-state's actions. 'Cuts directlyagainst the grain of established Sovietological fantasies.'654p. Pap.
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Works by the Klondike poet reveal the world of the Yukon, and the literary culture of Paris before World War I
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The London University professor presents a treatment of thehistory of Russia from 1917 to 1991 as a single period. Sourced in recently available archives. B&W illus. 654p.
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Full spectrum biography of the political colossus as believable human dictator. Illus., 50 halftones; 3 maps. 592p.
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Filled with fresh insights and information, this biography the first Soviet leader delves deeply into this heavily mythologized life to show why he was so feared, respected, and loved in Russia.
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"... we are indebted to the author for a stimulating and balanced study of Lenin -- a study that presents many valuable insights and a good deal of new material based on his archive research, and that sharpens our picture and understanding of 'the dreamer in the Kremlin.'" -- The Russian ReviewLenin: A Political Life is a major three-volume work on Vladimir Ilich Lenin, his ideas, activity, and environment. The first volume, covering the years from 1870 to 1910, traces his rise to authority and his political troubles after 1903. Service ably demonstrates the complex interplay of ideas, activity, and environment that prompted the choice of title for the first volume: The Strengths of Contradiction.
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Traces the dramatic power struggle between the Bolsheviks and the West at the dawn of the Russian Revolution, offering insight into the roles of diplomats, reporters, dissidents and other contributors who impacted foreign policy throughout subsequent decades.
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Traces the dramatic power struggle between the Bolsheviks and the West at the dawn of the Russian Revolution, offering insight into the roles of diplomats, reporters, dissidents and other contributors who impacted foreign policy throughout subsequent decades.
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Drawing on previously unexplored archives and personal testimonies gathered from across Russia and Georgia, Robert Service has created a full-scale, deep image biography of the Soviet despot, the first in nearly twenty years. It describes in unprecedented detail the formative years of Stalin's life - his upbringing in Georgia, education and religious training, and his political activity as a prominent young revolutionary long before the Russian Revolution. Service recasts Stalin's image as dictator with limitless power; that enemies surrounded him is not entirely unfounded. Rather than diminishing the horrors of Stalinism, this believable human portrait paints a more disturbing portrait. Illus. 715p.
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Constantly suffering from the cold, Sam makes his companion on the Arctic trail promise to cremate him when he dies, which the companion does--to his great surprise.
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