Lenin: A Biography




      Lenin: A Biography
Lenin is a colossal figure whose influence on 20th century history cannot be underestimated This biography makes use of archive material to piece together his private as well as public life in an effort to give a complete picture of Lenin in all his different roles Through the prism of Lenin s career, the author examines events such as the October Revolution and the ideas of Marxism Leninism, the one party state, economic modernization, dictatorship and the politics of inter war Europe He casts light on the nature of the state and society left behind by Lenin, a state and society which has not entirely disappeared after the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991. New Read Books Lenin: A Biography Author Robert Service – heartforum.co.uk

Robert Service is a British academic and historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union He is a professor of Russian history at the University of Oxford and a Fellow at St Antony s College, Oxford.He is the author of the highly acclaimed Lenin A Biography, A History of Twentieth Century Russia, Russia Experiment with a People and Stalin A Biography, as well as many other books on Russia s past and present He wrote a marvelous book on communism titled Comrades Communism A World History International Bestseller He is married with four children.

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  • Paperback
  • 561 pages
  • Lenin: A Biography
  • Robert Service
  • English
  • 08 July 2018
  • 0330491393

10 thoughts on “ Lenin: A Biography

  1. Maciek says:

    Robert Service s Lenin is another effort at presenting the life and figure of the world s greatest revolutionary Lenin s colossus has been written about before, both by sympathizers and detractors, who arrived at two totally different and extreme conclusions This biography aims to present Lenin without making him a saint or a demon which is an admirable and immensely difficult effort, if not downright impossible Service himself isn t able to entirely extricate his own personal views on Robert Service s Lenin is another effort at presenting the life and figure of the world s greatest revolutionary Lenin s colossus has been written about before, both by sympathizers and detractors, who arrived at two totally different and extreme conclusions This biography aims to present Lenin without ma...

  2. Simon says:

    When I first read this book for A Level History I thought it quite good Coming back at it withknowledge, I find Service s political and personal bias seeping through at every turn The research is also not of the highest qua...

  3. howl of minerva says:

    Well paced, well balanced, fair, judicious Unlike the man himself One of the most significant figures of the 20th century and beyond A very worthwhile read.

  4. Kshitiz Goliya says:

    Lenin, from distance, is assumed to be a great humanist crusader of communasim a champion of workers and peasents He is considered to be the founder of a socialist state which Stalin led astray On the contrary, he was a well to do upper middle class intellectual who spent most of his life away from Russia writing and debating and was never a famous personality till 1917 revolution Besides being a boastful theorist who thought that only his interpretation of Marx was right, he was no friend Lenin, from distance, is assumed to be a great humanist crusader of communasim a champion of workers and peasents He is considered to be the founder of a socialist state which Stalin led astray On the contrary, he was a well to do upper middl...

  5. Joseph Ryan says:

    Robert Service is both a dull writer and certifiable jackass.

  6. Cheryl Astern says:

    After reading this biography by Robert Service, I would read anything he wrote 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 As an author Service is known for his 2000, 2004, and 2009 biographies of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Leon Trotsky, respectively.A real awakening, going way beyond the news media propaganda of my youth in the 1950 1960 s The book After reading this biography by Robert Service, I would read anything he wrote 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 As an author Service is known for his 2000, 2004, and 2009 biographies of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Leon Trotsky, respectively.A real awakening, going way beyond the news media propaganda of my youth in the 1950 1960 s The book covers the wonderful family stories of his youth and siblings, his education and desire to create a better Russia, to his manipulation of those around him, sacrificing a bette...

  7. Fred Klein says:

    For the most part, I found this book readable and interesting Thankfully, the publisher provided some nice maps showing Lenin s travels, and I truly wish maps like these were included in all history books I will be admit to feeling lost sometimes when the author described Lenin s theories and philosophies, mostly because Lenin was as the author advises inconsistent I also found it hard to understand why the different socialist factions were at odds about what seemed to me to be small For the most part, I found this book readable and interesting Thankfully, the publisher provided some nice maps showing Lenin s travels, and I truly wish maps like these were included in all history books I will be admit to feeling lost sometimes when the author described Lenin s theories and philosophies, mostly because Lenin was as the author advises inconsistent I also found it hard to understand why the different socialist factions were at odds about what seemed to me to be small details But it is clear that Lenin could not stand the smallest disagreement with him, and, if you did di...

  8. Bubba says:

    Service makes Lenin a real person As the first great western biographer of Lenin, i.e the first westerner to have access to previously suppressed archival materials, he vividly describes Lenin the person, Lenin the leader, Lenin the conniving politician At times his analysis does seem to dwell for far too long on psycho babble e.g how did the death of Lenin s father and brother effect him , etc but the overall effect is to describe Lenin as a human Lenin was a product of his upbringing Service makes Lenin a real person As the first great western biographer of Lenin, i.e the first westerner to have access to previously suppressed archival materials, he vividly describes Lenin the person, Lenin the leader, Lenin the conniving politician At times his analysis does seem to dwell for far too long on psycho babble e.g how did the death of Lenin s father and brother effect him , etc but the overall effect is to describe Lenin as a human Lenin was a product of his upbringing Though he was an geneological microcosm of the ethnic diversity of the Russian Empire, he always identified as a Russiana European Russian He came from an up and coming provincial noble family who provided him with an excellent classical education His training in Latin, Greek, German and French prepared him for an emigre s life, and sharpened his mind for a lifetime of engaging in doctrinal hair splitting.Some...

  9. Ushan says:

    Vladimir Ulyanov was born in 1870 in Simbirsk, a town in the Volga valley, to Ilya Ulyanov, a school inspector who had possibly Russian, possibly ethnic minority roots, and his wife Maria, who had Jewish and Swedish roots her grandfather converted from Judaism to Orthodox Christianity with his two sons, and became an anti Semite Almost nothing was known about his early life until recently for the fact that the young Vladimir liked Harriet Beecher Stowe s Uncle Tom s Cabin to be uncovered, Vladimir Ulyanov was born in 1870 in Simbirsk, a town in the Volga valley, to Ilya Ulyanov, a school inspector who had possibly Russian...

  10. Alan says:

    There are very few characters that have left quite as large a crater in the story of humanity as Vladimir Ilyich Lenin The revolution that he spearheaded towards the start of the 20th century would set the whole world onto a different course after his death, the reverberations of which still being felt today Opinions surrounding the man couldn t b...

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