A History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-First Century / Edition 3

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Overview


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.
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Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times

A fine book...It is a dizzying tale and Service tells it well; he has none of the ideological baggage that has so often bedeviled Western histories of Russia...A balanced, dispassionate and painstaking account.
— Brian Moynahan

Spectator

A remarkable work...It demands to be read.
— Adam Zamoyski

Sunday Telegraph

Always well-informed and balanced in his judgments, clear and concise in his analysis...Service is extremely good on Soviet politics.
— Orlando Figes

Sunday Times - Brian Moynahan
A fine book...It is a dizzying tale and Service tells it well; he has none of the ideological baggage that has so often bedeviled Western histories of Russia...A balanced, dispassionate and painstaking account.
Spectator - Adam Zamoyski
A remarkable work...It demands to be read.
Sunday Telegraph - Orlando Figes
Always well-informed and balanced in his judgments, clear and concise in his analysis...Service is extremely good on Soviet politics.
Sunday Times
A fine book...It is a dizzying tale and Service tells it well; he has none of the ideological baggage that has so often bedeviled Western histories of Russia...A balanced, dispassionate and painstaking account.
— Brian Moynahan
Spectator
A remarkable work...It demands to be read.
— Adam Zamoyski
Sunday Telegraph
Always well-informed and balanced in his judgments, clear and concise in his analysis...Service is extremely good on Soviet politics.
— Orlando Figes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674034938
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 586,100
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Service is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Russian History at Oxford University.
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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • A Note on Transliteration


Maps
  1. The Russian Empire in 1900
  2. The Soviet Union, 1924–1936
  3. The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe after 1945
  4. The Commonwealth of Independent States in 1997
  5. The Russian Federation in 1997


Introduction
  1. And Russia? 1900–1914
  2. The Fall of the Romanovs 1914–1917

  3. Part One
  4. Conflicts and Crises 1917
  5. The October Revolution 1917–1918
  6. New World, Old World
  7. Civil Wars 1918–1921
  8. The New Economic Policy 1921–1928
  9. Leninism and its Discontents

  10. Part Two
  11. The First Five-Year Plan 1928–1932
  12. Fortresses under Storm: Culture, Religion, Nation
  13. Terror upon Terror 1934–1938
  14. Coping with Big Brothers
  15. The Second World War 1939–1945

  16. Coda
  17. Suffering and Struggle 1941–1945

  18. Part Three
  19. The Hammers of Peace 1945–1953
  20. The Despot and his Masks
  21. ‘De-Stalinization’ 1953–1961
  22. Hopes Unsettled 1961–1964
  23. Stabilization 1964–1970

  24. Part Four
  25. ‘Developed Socialism’ 1970–1982
  26. Privilege and Alienation
  27. Towards Reform 1982–1985
  28. Glasnost and Perestroika 1986–1988
  29. Imploding Imperium 1989
  30. Hail and Farewell 1990–1991
  31. Power and the Market 1992–1993
  32. The Lowering of Expectations 1994–1999
  33. And Russia? from 2000


Afterword
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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