Putin’s rule, whether as president or prime minister, has been marked by a steady increase in domestic repression and international assertiveness. 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 . How are we to make sense of this history? 'Immensely scholarly but also vivid and readable. Harvard University Press; 1st Edition (March 20, 1998), Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2008, This book is an excellent history book for the general reader. Robert Service is Professor of Russian Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Robert Service is a Fellow of the British Academy and of St Antony's College, Oxford. He does not believe in demonising the Russian leader. It's an intellectual read, but very well written - as a non-academic I enjoyed it greatly. I did not expect to laugh while reading it but some moments were surprisingly funny. Select the department you want to search in. 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 a fellow of both the British Academy and St Antony’s College, Oxford. Meanwhile, the Bolsheviks tried to spread their revolution across Europe at the same time they were seeking trade agreements that might revive their collapsing economy. Russia's recent past has encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror and two world wars, and the country is still undergoing huge change. This collection of essays views Russia in a... Free shipping over $10. Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2005. Robert Service's The Penguin History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-first Century provides a superb panorama of Russia in the modern age. Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography. Service is also keen to debunk the theory that it was merely fear and intimidation that explains the endurance of the state. At times, the author's attention to detail becomes excessive, and he pays only glancing attention to cultural trends that would have deepened his study. 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. ). 24 But Service also tarries to analyze the "Soviet compound," his chemical metaphor for the political techniques that made the Leninist state work for so many decades. Nowadays he is focusing on Russia in its international framework. 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. He cites welfare reforms, education, and significant economic progress as a unifying force that brought a share of betterment into Russian society. Stalin book. I'm going on my first trip to Russia in a month and wanted to understand more about Russian history than the five pages of context in my Fodor's. of London) has had access to some of the state and special archives in Moscow, although not as extensive an access as Dmitri Volkogonov (Autopsy for an Empire, p. 186). This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2019. 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. Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2016, excellent book.....full of insight...very well written, Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2012. Follow to get new release updates and improved recommendations. There was a problem loading your book clubs. It is obvious that he is very well-studied on Russian history, and he does a great job explaining what was going on in the country through all the different time periods and regime changes the people endured. Service identifies the origins of the great terror in the Bolshevik regimes early years and the ascension of Stalin to power. When Mikhail Gorbachëv introduced perestroika in the mid-1980s, the USSR went through a springtime of growth and release. 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. This is no easy task considering the complexity and the romantic view that many people still maintain of the last Russian Tsar. Robert Service brings a new light to current Russia and I loved the historian's approach to politics.
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