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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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Almost two decades after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe & the USSR, leading historian Robert Service examines the history of communism throughout the world. The book moves from Marx & Lenin to Mao & Castro & beyond to trace communism from its beginnings to the present day. Offering vivid portraits of the protagonists & decisive events in communist history, Service looks not only at the high politics of communist regimes but also at the social conditions that led millions to support communism in so many countries.
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Traces the history of communism from its earliest origins to the present day, profiling the key individuals and events that shaped communism, describing the contributions of Marx and Engels, the Russian and Chinese Revolutions, the rise of the Soviet bloc, the spread of communism, its ideology and organization, and its collapse in Eastern Europe and the USSR.
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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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"... 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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Since the fall of communism, Russia has witnessed a dramatic struggle between old and new, continuity and change. Corruption and violence have plagued society. Most people have benefited little from the new capitalist order. But positive changes are evident. Russians can speak and act more freely in a state that no longer intrudes on their privacy. They are able to travel abroad, enjoy unprecedented access to information from around the world, and organize and campaign for improvement in their living conditions.In this engrossing account Robert Service traces the formation of the new Russia from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the present. He paints a fascinating picture of a people in metamorphosis. In wide-ranging discussions on topics from Kremlin politics to rock music and macroeconomics to contemporary poetry, Service takes us inside to witness the changes from both the top down and the bottom up. He examines the reforms of the Yeltsin and Putin administrations in the context of the complex communist legacy, deftly interweaving political history, intellectual thought, and popular consciousness to illuminate the real difficulties Russia has faced on its rocky path to reform. For the second time in less than a century, the Russians have been engaged in a fundamental reshaping of their society, and the results will prove of vital importance to the global community. Robert Service has provided a valuable and engaging guide to their recent remarkable journey.
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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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The first full-scale biography of Stalin in twenty years reveals the complex and fascinating story of the Soviet dictator, from his dysfunctional childhood in Soviet Georgia, through his education and early political activism, to his tyrannical control over the Soviet Union and the legacy of his reign.
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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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