A History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-First Century, Third Edition, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, Wolf Hall Trilogy 3 Books Collection Set By Hilary Mantel (The Mirror and the Light [Hardcover], Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies), Kremlin Winter: Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, From the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 to the collapse of communism in 1991, from Lenin to Yeltsin, the history of Russia in the 20th century is a complex, tumultuous story of social, geographic, and political upheaval. ). It is far more than a comprehensive summary of the established facts, and provides an introduction to the results of western and Russian research. 80 . Overthrowing the conventional image of Stalin as an uneducated political administrator inexplicably transformed into a pathological killer, Robert Service reveals a more complex and fascinating story behind this notorious twentieth-century figure. He cites welfare reforms, education, and significant economic progress as a unifying force that brought a share of betterment into Russian society. His approach is fundamentally different from that of other contemporary authors such as Mark D. Steinberg and Vladimir Khustalev (The Fall of the Romanovs, LJ 10/15/95) and Valentin Berezhkov (At Stalin's Side, LJ 9/1/94). --, In his fresh and lively survey of recent Russian history, Robert Service spans the whole era from the rise of communism in the first decade of this century to the aftermath of its collapse in 1991. Book was in good condition. He reveals a premier who cannot take his supremacy for granted, yet is determined to impose his will not only on his closest associates but on society at large. Lenin is a colossal figure whose influence on twentieth-century history cannot be underestimated. The book is incredibly well-researched and thorough. His research interests cover Russian history from the late 19th century to the present day and he has written numerous books on the subject. Rather, in a piece of superb analysis, he sets out how Putin the man was swallowed up by the machine he created. Robert Service is professor of Russian History at Oxford University, a fellow of St Antony's College and an associate fellow of the Hoover Institution. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Robert Service is Professor of Russian Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. At times the emphasis was upon shaking up the ingredients, at others upon stabilization. I purchased this book to "fill in the gaps" since my college survey course over 35 years ago! Through this sharply observed exposéf conflicting loyalties, we get a very vivid sense of how diverse the shades of Western and Eastern political opinion were during these years. A professor of Russian history and politics at the University of London and the author of a trilogy on Lenin, Service avoids the politicization that has plagued Soviet history of recent years. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. He served two terms as president, before himself relinquishing the post to his prime minister, Dimitri Medvedev, only to return to presidential power for a third time in 2012. After reading this book you will have a very good understanding of what Russia and the former SSR's have been through and through this what may be in store for their future. In Kremlin Winter, Robert Service, acclaimed biographer of Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky and one of our finest historians of modern Russia, brings his deep understanding of that country to bear on the man who leads it. Nevertheless, this book, which is written cleanly and with a bit of humor, is sure to become a reference work that few libraries and students of 20th-century Russian politics will want to be without. A riveting account of the last eighteen months of Tsar Nicholas II's life and reign from one of the finest Russian historians writing today. He clearly explains competing revolutionary parties, shows the origins of Stalin's paranoia, and continues with a coherent story line through the implosion of the Soviet empire. Robert John Service FBA is a British historian, academic, and author who has written extensively on the history of the Soviet Union, particularly the era from the October … These years of civil war in Russia were years when the West strove to understand the new communist regime while also seeking to undermine it. It was especially useful in that while I was in Russia, Putin was very much in the news in the US and Russia, though from very different perspectives! This biography simultaneously provides an account of one of the greatest turning points in modern history. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work. He is a fellow of St Antony's College and an associate fellow of the Hoover Institution. Dominic Lieven, Sunday Telegraph 'He has managed skilfully to depict the surreal life of an obsessive, brilliant and stubborn individual' Guardian 'Lenin's life was politics, but Service has succeeded in keeping Lenin the man in focus throughout . When Mikhail Gorbachëv introduced perestroika in the mid-1980s, the USSR went through a springtime of growth and release. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Robert Service, our pre-eminent Kremlinologist, does not offer a lot of new gossip about Putin. If you just want a medium-strength review of Russia (more than Fodors, but not 600 pages), it might be a little more than you need. In Kremlin Winter, Robert Service, one of our finest historians of Russia, plots the seasonal shifts in events since 2012 and those that may be expected in the immediate future. ). Robert Service is the author of twelve books, including The End of the Cold War; Spies and Commissars; the acclaimed Lenin: A Biography; Stalin: A Biography; and Comrades: A History of World Communism. He is also salutary in emphasizing the limitations of centralization in a country as disorganized as Russia and the growing ineffectiveness of terror in dealing with an increasingly complex society. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. I overall really enjoyed the structure of the book, and it made it easy to get into. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of that revolution, Robert Service, the eminent historian of Russia, examines Nicholas's life and thought from the months before his momentous abdication to his death, with his family, in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. Well written narrative history of modern Russia, Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2002. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. For those seeking an overview of 20th century Russian history it doesn't really get much better than this. , Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution, ( He is currently a professor of Russian history at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford, and a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Paperback Robert Service has revised and updated his popular book on the Russian Revolution, offering an integrated account of politics, sociology and economics. I meant to hit 4 stars. The last 50 pages are devoted to developments since the implosion of the Soviet Union. Under a succession of leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev, various methods were used to conserve and strengthen this compound. Stalin was one of a handful of members of the Bolshevik Central Committee who formed its inner core. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. 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