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Author: ROBERT SERVICE
ISBN: 0140174826
Language: English
Pages: 688 pages
Category: Europe
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS LTD; New Ed edition (1998)
Rating: 4.5
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A History of Modern Russia book.

A History of Modern Russia book. Updating his acclaimed History of Twentieth-Century Russia through 2002, 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. Russia had an extraordinary twentieth century, undergoing upheaval and transformation.

Robert Service is a Reader in Soviet History and Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in the University of London. His previous books include The Bolshevik Party in Revolution (1979) and The Russian Revolution, 1900-1927 (1986).

This is a comprehensive overview of twentieth-century Russian history that treats the years from 1917 to 2000 as a single period and analyses . The latter is of obvoius relevance to anyone wishing to understand 21st century Russia.

This is a comprehensive overview of twentieth-century Russian history that treats the years from 1917 to 2000 as a single period and analyses the peculiar mixture of political, economic and social ingredients that made up the Soviet compound. It takes the reader from the age of communist rule to the changes that occurred in 1991 and the more uncertain world of Yeltsin and Putin. Robert Service is a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and Lecturer at the University of Oxford. Most recently he has written LENIN: A BIOGRAPHY and RUSSIA: EXPERIMENT WITH A PEOPLE.

An overview of twentieth century Russian history, focusing on the years 1917 to 1991, which analyses the political, economic and social events that made up the Soviet compound. Originally published in 1997 by Allen Lane. Penguin Books LTD. ISBN-10.

He wrote several works of general history on 20th-century Russia .

He wrote several works of general history on 20th-century Russia, including A History of Twentieth-Century Russia. He published a trilogy of biographies on the three most important Bolshevik leaders: Lenin (2000), Stalin (2004) and Trotsky (2009). The book was criticised by the German historian of communism Hermann Weber, who led a campaign to prevent Suhrkamp Verlag from publishing it in Germany. Fourteen historians and sociologists signed a letter to the publishing house. The Russian Revolution, 1900-27 (Studies in European History) (1999). Lenin: A Biography (2000).

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A comprehensive overview of twentieth-century Russian history that treats the years from 1917 to 2000 as a single period and analyses the peculiar mixture of political, economic and social ingredients that made up the Soviet compound.

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This is a comprehensive overview of twentieth-century Russian history that treats the years from 1917 to 2000 as a single period and analyses the peculiar mixture of political, ecomic and social ingredients that made up the Soviet compound.

Comments (7)
Vosho
This book is an excellent history book for the general reader. His prose is great and enjoyable. He manages to pack quite a bit of information in such a small space from such a long period. 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 book deals almost exclusively with internal affairs in the USSR and then Russia and the break away republics. Worth a read for anyone interested in the subject or would like an insight into what makes the Russians of today 'tick.'
Kajikus
excellent book.....full of insight...very well written
Vizuru
I purchased this book to "fill in the gaps" since my college survey course over 35 years ago! I wanted to "catch up" as I was on my way for a 10 day visit in the hinterlands of Russia and would be not in the "tourist" mode but observer mode. This book was easier to read than many history books but did provide insight and accurate historical data. 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! Reading this book, helped me understand better the Russian view which was very different from the US view!I highly recommend this book for background information on Russia.
Shaktit
It's important to understand the context of this review. I'm not a history buff, and I have no training in history. 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. This was quite a lot more than that, but it has served me well. It's an intellectual read, but very well written - as a non-academic I enjoyed it greatly. If you are a "casual" historian preparing for a trip, this will be a thorough overview for you. 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.
Mazuzahn
A splendid book on a remarkable country. What a history that country had in the twentieth century and what repercussions it had on the entire world! It is hard to think of another country - including the United States - that had more of an impact on world politics.

Robert Service covers it all superbly. He points out that Lenin was no moralist or humanitarian. It was Lenin who coined the term "dictatorship of the proletariat" which meant NO to democracy, NO to elections; and as the term implies a dictatorship by an authoritarian state. The secret police was integral in Lenin's agenda.

Mr. Service also points out that Russia (Soviet Union) was always a dual society. The top levels had only limited knowledge of what occurred away from the centre. At the bottom, reports and statistics were embellished to accord with the desires of the upper ruling stratas. This made corruption endemic at all layers of society - for the lower classes it would be the only way to survive.

Khrushchev is portrayed as a partial reformer. It must be remembered that both Khrushchev and Brezhnev continued the repression in Eastern Europe. Gorbachev had the moral courage to stop this.

The only drawback is that little is mentioned on the invasion of Afghanistan and the role it played in the demise and fracturing of the Soviet Union.
great ant
There's no question that the Soviet regime was an indiscriminately ruthless entity. What is often overlooked is the fact that throughout it's existence it had the support of a large percentage of the population. This is often a bit shocking to Americans like myself who've spent time in Russia (even today many of the older generation still praise Krushchev for providing housing and dachas to the general populace).
In "A History of Twentieth Century Russia" Robert Service brings a well written general history that in many ways addresses this. Service identifies the origins of the great terror in the Bolshevik regimes early years and the ascension of Stalin to power. He also identifies many of the educational, medical and other services much of the population recieved. This doesn't mean that Service ignores the genocide that occurred under the Bolsheviks. Not at all. Service, as a historian, merely attempts a general history- the good, the bad and the ugly. Service correctly attempts to show why some elements of the population where willing to put up with certain measures beyond just the terror they were exposed to.
This is a good general history, more balanced and lacking the political bent that many American scholars often approach modern Russian history with. Service shows the brutality of the regime up front and as well as the constuctive changes that took place. And, as Service shows, these changes came at a very high price.
Very readable and highly recommended.
Kulafyn
Russia is the ultimate story, a story of grandeur of false hopes and shattered dreams. Churchill gave Russia that interesting title of the enigma inside the mystery inside the riddle. However this book does better by truly telling us the grand story of Russia, without the weakness of similar books on the subject. Many important subjects are covered, from the traditional tale of revolution, Stalin, stagnation, collapse.

Here the reader is treated to nuanced stories, such as Krushchevs suppression of the church which left only 7500 Churches ion Russia, whereas 12000 Mosques were left standing. Also evident is the population upheavals of the 1920s and 1930s. Equally important is a very good rendition of the complications of the Civil war and the creation of War communism. All the characters are given a fair portrait from Derzinsky, to Sverlov, to the obvious, such as Zinoviev and Stalin.

The successive chapters on the `mystery years' of Brezhnev is enlightening, to view a nation in stagnation. Although not as insightful as Volkoganov's expose on soviet leadership this book brings to light many tales and is a fascinating, easy digestion, that brings the reader up to date, with Vladimir Putin.

Seth J. Frantzman