Stalin A Biography

ISBN-10: 0674022580
ISBN-13: 9780674022584
Edition: 2004
Authors: Robert Service
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Description: 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.  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 760
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

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. Drawing on unexplored archives and personal testimonies gathered from across Russia and Georgia, this is the first full-scale biography of the Soviet dictator in twenty years. Service describes in unprecedented detail the first half of Stalin's life--his childhood in Georgia as the son of a violent, drunkard father and a devoted mother; his education and religious training; and his political activity as a young revolutionary. No mere messenger for Lenin, Stalin was a prominent activist long before the Russian Revolution. Equally compelling is the depiction of Stalin as Soviet leader. Service recasts the image of Stalin as unimpeded despot; his control was not limitless. And his conviction that enemies surrounded him was not entirely unfounded. Stalin was not just a vengeful dictator but also a man fascinated by ideas and a voracious reader of Marxist doctrine and Russian and Georgian literature as well as an internationalist committed to seeing Russia assume a powerful role on the world stage. In examining the multidimensional legacy of Stalin, Service helps explain why later would-be reformers--such as Khrushchev and Gorbachev--found the Stalinist legacy surprisingly hard to dislodge. Rather than diminishing the horrors of Stalinism, this is an account all the more disturbing for presenting a believable human portrait. Service's lifetime engagement with Soviet Russia has resulted in the most comprehensive and compelling portrayal of Stalin to date.

Robert Service was born on October 29, 1947. He received an MA in modern languages from the University of Cambridge and an MA and a PhD in government from the University of Essex. He is a Russian historian and political commentator. He has written numerous books including Comrades: A World History of Communism; Stalin: A Biography, Lenin: A Biography, and Spies and Commissars. He received the 2009 Duff Cooper Prize for Trotsky: A Biography.

Preface
A Note on Renderings
Maps
The Revolutionary
Stalin as We Have Known Him
The Family Dzhughashvili
The Schooling of A Priest
Poet and Rebel
Marxist Militant
The Party and The Caucasus
On The Run
At The Centre of The Party
Koba and Bolshevism
Osip of Siberia
Return to Petrograd
Leader for The Party
The Year 1917
October
People's Commissar
To The Front!
The Polish Corridor
With Lenin
Nation and Revolution
Testament
The Opportunities of Struggle
Joseph and Nadya
Factionalist Against Factions
Despot
Ending the Nep
Terror-Economics
Ascent to Supremacy
The Death of Nadya
Modernity's Sorcerer
Fears in Victory
Ruling the Nations
Mind of Terror
The Great Terrorist
The Cult of Impersonality
Brutal Reprieve
Warlord
The World in Sight
Approaches to War
The Devils Sup
Barbarossa
Fighting On
Sleeping on the Divan
To The Death!
Supreme Commander
The Big Three
Last Campaigns
Victory!
The Imperator
Delivering the Blow
The Outbreak of The Cold War
Subjugating Eastern Europe
Stalinist Rulership
Policies and Purges
Emperor Worship
Dangerous Liaisons
Vozhd and Intellectual
Ailing Despot
Death and Embalming
After Stalin
Glossary
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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