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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. This book tells the story of these complex interactions in detail, revealing that revolutionary Russia was shaped not only by Lenin and Trotsky, but by an extraordinary miscellany of people: spies and commissars, certainly, but also diplomats, reporters, and dissidents, as well as intellectuals, opportunistic businessmen, and casual travelers. This is the story of these characters: everyone from the ineffectual but perfectly positioned Somerset Maugham to vain writers and revolutionary sympathizers whose love affairs were as dangerous as their politics. Through this sharply observed exposé of conflicting loyalties, we get a very vivid sense of how diverse the shades of Western and Eastern political opinion were during these years.

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The dramatic story of the power struggle between the Bolsheviks and the West as the Russian Revolution erupted—and the characters from both sides who sought to affect the outcome

Synopsis:

The early years of Bolshevik rule were marked by dynamic interaction between Russia and the West. The West strove to understand the new communist regime while also seeking to undermine it. The Bolsheviks tried to spread their revolution across Europe at the same time as they sought trade agreements that might revive their collapsing economy. Revolutionary Russia was shaped not only by Lenin and Trotsky, but by an extraordinary miscellany of people: spies and commissars certainly, but also diplomats, reporters, dissidents—as well as intellectuals, opportunistic businessmen, and casual travelers.

In Spies and Commissars, distinguished Russia scholar Robert Service tells the story of these characters, who traded information, brokered deals, infiltrated the political elite, and shaped foreign policy for decades to come.

About the Author

Robert Service is a British historian, academic, and author who has written extensively on the history of Soviet Russia, particularly the era from the October Revolution to Stalin’s death. Service is the author of twelve books, including the acclaimed Lenin: A Biography; Stalin: A Biography; and Comrades: A History of World Communism. He is currently a professor of Russian history at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781610391405
Author:
Service, Robert
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Author:
Robert Serv
Author:
Ice
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series Volume:
The Early Years of t
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
including a 16-pp. B/W photo insert on t
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
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The dramatic story of the power struggle between the Bolsheviks and the West as the Russian Revolution erupted—and the characters from both sides who sought to affect the outcome
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The early years of Bolshevik rule were marked by dynamic interaction between Russia and the West. The West strove to understand the new communist regime while also seeking to undermine it. The Bolsheviks tried to spread their revolution across Europe at the same time as they sought trade agreements that might revive their collapsing economy. Revolutionary Russia was shaped not only by Lenin and Trotsky, but by an extraordinary miscellany of people: spies and commissars certainly, but also diplomats, reporters, dissidents—as well as intellectuals, opportunistic businessmen, and casual travelers.

In Spies and Commissars, distinguished Russia scholar Robert Service tells the story of these characters, who traded information, brokered deals, infiltrated the political elite, and shaped foreign policy for decades to come.

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