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A history of modern Russia from Nicholas II to Vladimir Putin

Author: Robert Service
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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[This book] provides a panoramic perspective on a country whose Soviet past encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror, and two world wars. [It] shows how seven decades of communist rule, which penetrated every aspect of Soviet life, continues to influence Russia today. This [book] also discusses continuing economic and social difficulties at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the military campaign in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Service
OCLC Number: 162572267
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2005, ©2003.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Introduction --
And Russia? 1900-1914 --
Fall of the Romanovs 1914-1917 --
Conflicts and crises 1917 --
October Revolution 1917-1918 --
New world, old world --
Civil wars 1918-1921 --
New economic policy 1921-1928 --
Leninism and its discontents --
First five-year plan 1928-1932 --
Fortresses under storm, culture, religion, nation --
Terror upon terror 1934-1938 --
Coping with big brothers --
Second World War 1939-1945 --
Suffering and struggle 1941-1945 --
Hammers of peace 1945-1953 --
Despot and his masks --
'De-Stalinzation' 1953-1961 --
Hopes unsettled --
Stabilization 1964-1970 --
'Developed socialism' 1970-1982 --
Privilege and alienation --
Towards reform 1982-1985 --
Glasnost and Perestroika 1986-1988 --
Imploding Imperium 1989 --
Hail and farewell 1990-1991 --
Power and the market 1992-1993 --
And Russia? 1994-2002 --
Afterword, past and prospects.
Responsibility: Robert Service.

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[This book] provides a panoramic perspective on a country whose Soviet past encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror, and two world wars. [It] shows how seven decades of communist rule, which penetrated every aspect of Soviet life, continues to influence Russia today. This [book] also discusses continuing economic and social difficulties at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the military campaign in Chechnya, and Russia's reduced role on the world stage.-Back cover.

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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 Read more...

 
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