Lenin A Biography

ISBN-10: 0674008286

ISBN-13: 9780674008281

Edition: 2000 (Reprint)

Authors: Robert Service

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Lenin's politics continue to reverberate around the world even after the end of the USSR. His name elicits revulsion and reverence, yet Lenin the man remains largely a mystery. This biography shows us Lenin as we have never seen him, in his full complexity as revolutionary, political leader, thinker, and private person. Born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in 1870, the son of a schools inspector and a doctor's daughter, Lenin was to become the greatest single force in the Soviet revolution--and perhaps the most influential politician of the twentieth century. Drawing on sources only recently discovered, Robert Service explores the social, cultural, and political catalysts for Lenin's explosion into global prominence. His book gives us the vast panorama of Russia in that awesome vortex of change from tsarism's collapse to the establishment of the communist one-party state. Through the prism of Lenin's career, Service focuses on dictatorship, the Marxist revolutionary dream, civil war, and interwar European politics. And we are shown how Lenin, despite the hardships he inflicted, was widely mourned upon his death in 1924. Service's Lenin is a political colossus but also a believable human being. This biography stresses the importance of his supportive family and of its ethnic and cultural background. The author examines his education, upbringing, and the troubles of his early life to explain the emergence of a rebel whose devotion to destruction proved greater than his love for the "proletariat" he supposedly served. We see how his intellectual preoccupations and inner rage underwent volatile interaction and propelled his career from young Marxist activist to founder of the communist party and the Soviet state--and how he bequeathed to Russia a legacy of political oppression and social intimidation that has yet to be expunged.
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

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.

Note on Transliteration and Calendars
List of Illustrations
Glossary of Names of Lenin and his Family
The Rebel Emerges
The Ulyanovs and the Blanks
Childhood in Simbirsk 1870-1885
Deaths in the Family 1886-1887
The Ploughing of the Mind 1887-1888
Paths to Revolution 1889-1893
St Petersburg 1893-1895
To Siberian Italy 1895-1900
Lenin and the Party
An Organisation of Revolutionaries 1900-1902
'Holy Fire' 1902-1904
Russia From Far and Near 1905-1907
The Second Emigration 1908-1911
Almost Russia! 1912-1914
Fighting for Defeat 1914-1915
Lasting Out 1915-1916
Seizing Power
Another Country February to April 1917
The Russian Cockpit May to July 1917
Power for the Taking July to October 1917
The October Revolution October to December 1917
Dictatorship Under Siege Winter 1917-1918
Brest-Litovsk January to May 1918
At Gunpoint May to August 1918
Defence of the Revolution
War Leader 1918-1919
Expanding the Revolution April 1919 to April 1920
Defeat in the West 1920
The New Economic Policy January to June 1921
A Question of Survival July 1921 to July 1922
Disputing to the Last September to December 1922
Death in the Big House 1923-1924
Lenin: The Afterlife
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