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Service, Robert 1947-

Works: 160 works in 700 publications in 17 languages and 18,844 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Scientific advisor, Translator
Classifications: DK254.L4, B
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Most widely held works about Robert Service
Most widely held works by Robert Service
Stalin : a biography by Robert Service( Book )

38 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,971 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
Lenin : a biography by Robert Service( Book )

49 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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"--Publisher's description
A history of twentieth-century Russia by Robert Service( Book )

35 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,764 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 )

36 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,749 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 )

48 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,662 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 End of the Cold War, 1985-1991 by Robert Service( Book )

27 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,384 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--
The Russian Revolution, 1900-1927 by Robert Service( Book )

53 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,196 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
Lenin, a political life by Robert Service( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

V.1. The strengths of contradiction. v.2. Worlds in collision
Russia : experiment with a people by Robert Service( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this engrossing account, Service traces the formation of the new Russia from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the present. He paints a fascinating picture of a people in metamorphosis
The last of the tsars : Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service( Book )

17 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Danish and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In March 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated and the dynasty that had ruled an empire for three hundred years was forced from power by revolution. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of that revolution, Robert Service, the eminent historian of Russia, examines Nicholas's reign in the year before his abdication and the months between that momentous date and his death, with his family, in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. The story has been told many times, but Service's profound understanding of the period and his forensic examination of hitherto untapped sources, including the Tsar's diaries and recorded conversations, shed remarkable new light on his reign, also revealing the kind of ruler Nicholas believed himself to have been, contrary to the disastrous reality. The Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political ferment in Russia in the aftermath of Alexander Kerensky's February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet republic."--Publisher
Spies and commissars : the early years of the Russian Revolution by Robert Service( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 616 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 history of modern Russia from Nicholas II to Vladimir Putin by Robert Service( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a comprehensive overview of 20th-century Russian history that treats the years from 1917 to 2000 as a single period and analyses the peculiar mixture of political, economic and social ingredients that made up the Soviet compound
A history of modern Russia : from tsarism to the twenty-first century by Robert Service( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 497 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
A dictionary of 20th-century communism( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 417 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 )

16 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 384 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 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russia is now undergoing tremendous changes on several fronts, and its history is likewise ready to be reinterpreted. This collection of essays views Russia in a fresh historical perspective, enabling readers to consider the consequences of a past that still influences any and all attempts to fashion a different Russian future. The dominant theme of this book, then, is the balance of continuity and discontinuity to be found in the history of Russia as seen across several centuries. Thus the contributors to this new volume revisit the past, rethink the present, and reconsider the future of the this nation by connecting contemporary events and movements with broader trends in the ongoing Russian experience. (Amazon website)
Spies and commissars : Bolshevik Russia and the West by Robert Service( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 314 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
The Penguin history of modern Russia : from Tsarism to the twenty-first century by Robert Service( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 229 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
Society and politics in the Russian Revolution by Robert Service( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 224 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
Russia : experiment with a people : from 1991 to the present by Robert Service( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few Russians have benefited much from the new capitalist order. Political violence and economic corruption have shaken Moscow whilst war has raged in Chechnya. But despite this, there has been progress. Russians are able to think, speak and act more freely than under Communism. The state no longer intrudes on the privacy. Reform has been a mixture of failure and success." "In this work, Robert Service traces the formation of the contemporary Russian state from its ambitious beginnings in 1991. Boris Yeltsin and his supporters stood forth, determined to build a new nation, a nation fortified by the framework of civic freedom, liberal democracy and a market economy. In that time of elation and promise, confidence in future success ran high. For a while it seemed they would not fail."--BOOK JACKET
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A history of twentieth-century Russia
Lenin : a biographyA history of twentieth-century RussiaTrotsky : a biographyComrades! : a history of world communismThe Russian Revolution, 1900-1927Lenin, a political lifeRussia : experiment with a peopleA history of modern Russia from Nicholas II to Vladimir Putin
Alternative Names
Robert Service brit történész

Robert Service brita historiisto

Robert Service britischer Historiker

Robert Service Brits historicus

Robert Service historiador británico

Robert Service historien britannique

Robert Service Suurbritannia ajaloolane

Service, Robert

Service, Robert John 1947-

Servis, Robert 1947-

Sērviss, Roberts 1947-

Роберт Сервіс

Сервис, Роберт

Сервис, Роберт 1947-

סרוויס, רוברט

סרוויס, רוברט 1947-

סרוויס, רוברט, סופר בריטי

סרויס, רוברט, 1947-

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서비스, 로버트 1947-

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