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Stalin - A Biography.

Stalin, Joseph] Service, Robert.

Verlag: Macmillan,, London,, 2004
ISBN 10: 0674016971 / ISBN 13: 9780674016972
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Titel: Stalin - A Biography.

Verlag: Macmillan,, London,

Erscheinungsdatum: 2004

Einband: Hardcover


London, Macmillan, 2004. 16cm x 24cm. XVIII, 715 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. This meticulously researched biography challenges the conventional view of Stalin as simply a murderous bureaucrat and reveals a more complex and fascinating story behind the Soviet leader. The author draws on hitherto unpublished material from the Moscow archives, only recently opened up to Western scholars, and on personal testimonies and private papers from all over Russia and Georgia. Includes photographs and maps. Robert Service is a Fellow of the British Academy and works at St. Antony's College, Oxford. Sprache: English Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 90059AB

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Overthrowing the conventional image of Stalin as an uneducated political administrator inexplicably transformed into a pathological killer, Robert Service reveals a more complex and fascinating story behind this notorious twentieth-century figure. Drawing on unexplored archives and personal testimonies gathered from across Russia and Georgia, this is the first full-scale biography of the Soviet dictator in twenty years.

Service describes in unprecedented detail the first half of Stalin's life--his childhood in Georgia as the son of a violent, drunkard father and a devoted mother; his education and religious training; and his political activity as a young revolutionary. No mere messenger for Lenin, Stalin was a prominent activist long before the Russian Revolution. Equally compelling is the depiction of Stalin as Soviet leader. Service recasts the image of Stalin as unimpeded despot; his control was not limitless. And his conviction that enemies surrounded him was not entirely unfounded.

Stalin was not just a vengeful dictator but also a man fascinated by ideas and a voracious reader of Marxist doctrine and Russian and Georgian literature as well as an internationalist committed to seeing Russia assume a powerful role on the world stage. In examining the multidimensional legacy of Stalin, Service helps explain why later would-be reformers--such as Khrushchev and Gorbachev--found the Stalinist legacy surprisingly hard to dislodge.

Rather than diminishing the horrors of Stalinism, this is an account all the more disturbing for presenting a believable human portrait. Service's lifetime engagement with Soviet Russia has resulted in the most comprehensive and compelling portrayal of Stalin to date.

Über den Autor: Robert Service is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Russian History at Oxford University.

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