Lenin: A Biography / Edition 1

Lenin: A Biography / Edition 1

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by Robert Service
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674008286

ISBN-13: 9780674008281

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Harvard

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674008281
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
810,739
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Note on Transliteration and Calendars

List of Illustrations

Glossary of Names of Lenin and his Family

Maps

Introduction

Part One: The Rebel Emerges

1. The Ulyanovs and the Blanks

2. Childhood in Simbirsk

1870-1885

3. Deaths in the Family

1886-1887

4. The Ploughing of the Mind

1887-1888

5. Paths to Revolution

1889-1893

6. St Petersburg

1893-1895

7. To Siberian Italy

1895-1900

Part Two: Lenin and the Party

8. An Organization of Revolutionaries

1900-1902

9. 'Holy Fire'

1902-1904

10. Russia from Far and Near

1905-1907

11. The Second Emigration

1908-1911

12. Almost Russia!

1912-1914

13. Fighting for Defeat

1914-1915

14. Lasting Out

1915-1916

Part Three: Seizing Power

15. Another Country

February to April 1917

16. The Russian Cockpit

May to July 1917

17. Power for the Taking

July to October 1917

18. The October Revolution

October to December 1917

19. Dictatorship Under Siege

Winter 1917-1918

20. Brest-Litovsk

January to May 1918

21. At Gunpoint

May to August 1918

Part Four: Defense of the Revolution

22. War Leader

1918-1919

23. Expanding the Revolution

April 1919 to April 1920

24. Defeat in the West

1920

25. The New Economic Policy

January to June 1921

26. A Question of Survival

July 1921 to July 1922

27. Disputing to the Last

September to December 1922

28. Death in the Big House

1923-1924

Lenin: The Afterlife

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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Lenin: A Biography 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
aparker40 More than 1 year ago
As a student majoring in Russian Studies, I honestly think this is one of the most thorough, unbiased, well-rounded studies you're likely to find on Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov-Lenin. I orignally rented this book from the library, and now have my own copy, since I find it a good resource not only on Lenin, but the October Revolution and its consequences as well. Both his professional life and his personal life are given attention which gives a good portrait of the real man, unlike the skewed version often found among general knowledge. Whether you think you like Lenin or not, you'll end up with a lot of information that wasn't available until recently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago