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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.

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Lenin: His politics still reverberate around the world even after the end of the USSR. His name elicits revulsion and reverence. And 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.

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2001 Independent Publisher Book Award, Biography Category

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2001 ForeWord Book of the Year, History Category

About the Author

Robert Serviceis a <>Fellow of the British Academyand Professor of Russian History at <>Oxford University.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674008281
Author:
Service, Robert
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
Robert
Author:
Service
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Revolutionaries
Subject:
Heads of state
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1083
Publication Date:
March 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 halftones as four 8 page inserts, 4 m
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 27 oz

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History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
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"Synopsis" by , Lenin: His politics still reverberate around the world even after the end of the USSR. His name elicits revulsion and reverence. And 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.
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