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Stalin : a biography

Author: Robert Service
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Service brings 30 years of involvement with Russia and its history to bear on this most controversial and enigmatic of figures. The events of the October Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Terror and, above all, World War II, more open to examination than ever before, are probed to explain the nature of Stalin's personality.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Service
ISBN: 9780674022584 0674022580
OCLC Number: 802292165
Notes: Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2004.
Description: xviii, 715 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The revolutionary. --
Stalin as we have known him --
The family Dzhughashvili --
The schooling of a priest --
Poet and rebel --
Marxist militant --
The party and the Caucasus --
On the run --
At the centre of the party --
Koba and Bolshevism --
Osip of Siberia --
Return to Petrograd --
pt. 2. Leader for the party. --
The year 1917 --
October --
People's Commissar --
To the front! --
The Polish corridor --
With Lenin --
Nation and revolution --
Testament --
The opportunities of struggle --
Joseph and Nadya --
Factionalist against factions --
pt. 3. Despot. --
Ending the NEP --
Terror-economics --
Ascent to supremacy --
The death of Nadya --
Modernity's sorcerer --
Fears in victory --
Ruling the nations --
Mind of terror --
The great terrorist --
The cult of impersonality --
Brutal reprieve --
pt. 4. Warlord. --
The world in sight --
Approaches to war --
The devils SUP --
Barbarossa --
Fighting on --
Sleeping on the divan --
To the death! --
Supreme commander --
The big three --
Last campaigns --
Victory! --
pt. 5. The imperator. --
Delivering the blow --
The outbreak of the Cold War --
Subjugating Eastern Europe --
Stalinist rulership --
Policies and purges --
Emperor worship --
Dangerous liaisons --
Vozhd and intellectual --
Ailing despot --
Death and embalming --
After Stalin.
Responsibility: Robert Service.

Abstract:

Service brings 30 years of involvement with Russia and its history to bear on this most controversial and enigmatic of figures. The events of the October Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Terror and, above all, World War II, more open to examination than ever before, are probed to explain the nature of Stalin's personality.

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