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Service, Robert 1947-

Works: 97 works in 529 publications in 11 languages and 17,347 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Dictionaries  Encyclopedias  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
Classifications: DK266, 947.086
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Most widely held works by Robert Service
Stalin : a biography by Robert Service( Book )

32 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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."--Jacket
A history of twentieth-century Russia by Robert Service( Book )

31 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book to use the mass of materials made available since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, A History of Twentieth-Century Russia is an extraordinarily lucid, masterful account of the most complex and turbulent period in Russia's long history. 7 illustrations. 5 maps. Includes bibliographical references and index. Russia has had an extraordinary history in the twentieth century. As the first Communist society, the USSR was both an admired model and an object of fear and hatred to the rest of the world. How are we to make sense of this history? A History of Twentieth-Century Russia treats the years from 1917 to 1991 as a single period and analyzes the peculiar mixture of political, economic, and social ingredients that made up the Soviet formula. Under a succession of leaders from Lenin to Gorbachev, various methods were used to conserve and strengthen this compound. At times the emphasis was upon shaking up the ingredients, at others upon stabilization. All this occurred against a background of dictatorship, civil war, forcible industrialization, terror, world war, and the postwar arms race. Communist ideas and practices never fully pervaded the society of the USSR. Yet an impact was made and, as this book expertly documents, Russia since 1991 has encountered difficulties in completely eradicating the legacy of Communism. A History of Twentieth-Century Russia is the first work to use the mass of material that has become available in the documentary collections, memoirs, and archives over the past decade. It is an extraordinarily lucid, masterful account of the most complex and turbulent period in Russia's long history
Trotsky : a biography by Robert Service( Book )

31 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trotsky is perhaps the most intriguing and, given his prominence, the most understudied of the Soviet revolutionaries. Using new archival sources, Robert Service offers new insights. He discusses Trotsky's fractious relations with the leaders he was trying to unify; his attempt to disguise his political closeness to Stalin; and his role in the early 1920s as the progenitor of political and cultural Stalinism. Trotsky evinced a surprisingly glacial and schematic approach to making revolution. Service recounts Trotsky's role in the botched German revolution of 1923; his willingness to subject Europe to a Red Army invasion in the 1920s; and his assumption that peasants could easily be pushed onto collective farms. Although Trotsky's followers clung to the stubborn view of him as a pure revolutionary and a powerful intellect unjustly hounded into exile by Stalin, the reality is very different.--From publisher description
Comrades! : a history of world communism by Robert Service( Book )

28 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offering vivid portraits of the protagonists and decisive events in communist history, Service looks not only at the high politics of communist regimes but also at the social conditions that led millions to support communism in so many countries."--Jacket
The Russian Revolution, 1900-1927 by Robert Service( Book )

44 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concise and approachable text discusses the key debates and themes surrounding the Russian Revolution. The expanded fourth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated in the light of the latest research, and now features a new scene-setting Introduction and maps
Russia : experiment with a people by Robert Service( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first history of modern Russia from 1991 to the present day by one of the leading historians of the 20th century USSR and Russia. In 1991, in a huge experiment with a people and in a state of euphoria, Boris Yeltsin abolished the USSR and recreated the Russian nation. At the point of its declaration is was in a state of economic and social disarray and yet there were high hopes. Hopes which have subsequently been dashed. Robert Service brings to bear his vast knowledge of the people and the country to put the recent upheavals into context and he shows that not everything changed for the worst 1991. The Gorbachev years have allowed the Russian people to give a priority to living a private life and shutting the door on the state. They could think what they liked. The could enjoy intellectual and religious freedom, and indulge in recreations their income would allow. Gays and Lesbians could come 'out'. The Youth culture could finally be loosed from contraints. This is a broad political, social and cultural history of one of the newest nations ever to be formed."
The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991 by Robert Service( Book )

15 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On 26 December 1991, the hammer-and-sickle flag was lowered over the Kremlin for the last time. Just six years earlier, when Mikhail Gorbachev became general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and chose Eduard Shevardnadze as his foreign minister, the Cold War had seemed like a permanent fixture in world politics. Until its denouement, no Western or Soviet politician foresaw that the standoff between the two superpowers--after decades of struggle over every aspect of security, politics, economics, and ideas--would end within the lifetime of the current generation. Nor was it at all obvious that the Soviet political leadership would undertake a huge internal reform of the USSR, or that the threat of a nuclear Armageddon could be peacefully wound down. Drawing on pioneering archival research, Robert Service's investigation of the final years of the Cold War pinpoints the extraordinary relationships between Ronald Reagan, Gorbachev, George Shultz, and Shevardnadze, who found ways to cooperate during times of exceptional change around the world--
Lenin, a political life by Robert Service( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of modern Russia from Nicholas II to Vladimir Putin by Robert Service( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Russia had an extraordinary twentieth century, undergoing upheaval and transformation. Updating his acclaimed History of Modern Russia, 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 every aspect of Soviet life, continue to influence Russia today. This new edition takes the story from 2002 through the entire presidency of Vladimir Putin to the election of his successor, Dmitri Medvedev
Spies and commissars : the early years of the Russian Revolution by Robert Service( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The early years of Bolshevik rule were marked by dynamic interaction between Russia and the West. 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. 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."--Dust jacket flap
A dictionary of 20th-century communism( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book of its kind to appear since the end of the Cold War, this reference provides encyclopedic coverage of communism and its impact throughout the world in the 20th century. With the opening of archives in former communist states, scholars have found new material that has expanded and sometimes altered the understanding of communism as an ideological and political force. The book explains what communism was, the forms it took, and the enormous role it played in world history from the Russian Revolution through the collapse of the Soviet Union and beyond. It examines the political, intellectual, and social influences of communism around the globe, and features contributions from an international team of 160 scholars. It includes more than 400 entries on major topics, such as: Figures: Lenin, Mao, Stalin, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Castro, Gorbachev; Events: Cold War, Prague Spring, Cultural Revolution, Sandinista Revolution; Ideas and concepts: Marxism-Leninism, cult of personality, labor; Organizations and movements: KGB, Comintern, Gulag, Khmer Rouge ; Related topics: totalitarianism, nationalism, antifascism, anticommunism, McCarthyism
The Bolshevik party in revolution : a study in organisational change, 1917-1923 by Robert Service( Book )

14 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forfatteren beskriver den for bolsjevikkerne afgørende tid 1917 - 1923, hvor den åbne, udadvendte og idealistiske marxistiske bevægelse blev til en inadvendt, lukket og streng partiverden
Reinterpreting Russia( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spies and commissars : Bolshevik Russia and the West by Robert Service( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the immediate aftermath of the Revolution, the Western powers were anxious to prevent the spread of Bolshevism across Europe. Lenin and Trotsky were equally anxious that the Communist vision they were busy introducing in Russia should do just that. But neither side knew anything about the other. The revolution and Russia's withdrawal from the First World War had ensured a diplomatic exodus from Moscow and the usual routes to vital information had been closed off. Into this void stepped an extraordinary collection of opportunists, journalists and spies sometimes indeed journalists who were spies and vice versa: in Moscow Britain's Arthur Ransome, the American John Reed and Sidney Reilly 'Ace of Spies' all traded information and brokered deals between Russia and the West; in Berlin, Paris and London, the likes of Maxim Litvinov, Adolf Ioffe and Kamenev tried to infiltrate the political elite and influence foreign policy to the Bolsheviks' advantage. Robert Service, acclaimed historian and one of our finest commentators on matters Soviet, turns his meticulous eye to this ragtag group of people and, with narrative flair and impeccable research, reveals one of the great untold stories of the twentieth century
Society and politics in the Russian Revolution by Robert Service( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was an event of the greatest importance, and much has been written about its leaders. But the social groups which were crucial to its development and outcome have been less frequently written about. This book brings together a number of prominent British researchers who were asked to plug the gap by using the most recent specialist studies in both the West and the Soviet Union. They have done so in a style which is accessible to the general reader. Their work focuses on the relationship between politics, social aspirations and economics, and offers new insights into the reasons why, only months after the last tsar fell from power in February 1917, it was the Bolsheviks who were able to seize control and establish a communist regime
Lenin : a political life by Robert Service( Book )

43 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is to be done? Burning questions of our movement by Vladimir Ilʹich Lenin( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Russian nationalism, past and present( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Penguin history of modern Russia : from Tsarism to the twenty-first century by Robert Service( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Service here presents a comprehensive overview of Russian history that treats the years from 1917 to 2009 and analyses the peculiar mixture of political, economic and social ingredients that made up the Soviet compound
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A history of twentieth-century Russia
Alternative Names
Robert Service britischer Historiker

Robert Service Brits historicus

Service, Robert

Service, Robert John 1947-

Servis, Robert 1947-

Sērviss, Roberts 1947-

Роберт Сервіс

Сервис, Роберт

Сервис, Роберт 1947-

סרוויס, רוברט

סרוויס, רוברט 1947-

রবার্ট সার্ভিস

서비스, 로버트 1947-

써비스, 로버트 1947-

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A history of twentieth-century RussiaTrotsky : a biographyComrades! : a history of world communismThe Russian Revolution, 1900-1927Russia : experiment with a peopleLenin, a political lifeA history of modern Russia from Nicholas II to Vladimir PutinA dictionary of 20th-century communism