Harvard University Press Bolero Ozon. The Fall of the Romanovs Conflicts and Crises The October Revolution New World Old World. The New Economic Policy The Despot and his Masks. Leninism and its Discontents.
The First FiveYear Plan Terror upon Terror Coping with Big Brothers. The Second World War Mar 11, Chris Lira rated it really liked it. My knowledge of imperial Russia is very good; my knowledge of revolutionary Russia good; after that though, it's a bit sparse. So I picked up this book to fill those gaps from Stalin on. It definitely did the job there, and I found the material on Kruschv and Brezhnev particularly interesting. There are a few "British-isms" in the writing that threw me for a loop, but some quick Internet searches explained what the author was trying to convey.
Very informative - dwelling into the merits and issues of the Communist government that was formed in Russia, starting from the falls of the Tsar to the fall of communism. A must-read for those who are interested in the modern Russian state. Apr 29, Lorren Eldridge rated it it was amazing.
Extremely readable for non-fiction, and unlike many "popular" non-fiction titles it actually includes the footnotes with sources. Would benefit from a more structured bibliography, though. Finally a historian who keeps things factual and doesn't pass moral judgement. A rather comprehensive retelling of 20th and 21st century Russian history.
Well written and concise, perhaps too concise at times, it was a breeze to read and provides the reader with fairly in-depth overview of the 20th century through the lens of Russian history. It is very accessible and a good introduction to Russian history for any scholar, enthusiast or amateur h A rather comprehensive retelling of 20th and 21st century Russian history. It is very accessible and a good introduction to Russian history for any scholar, enthusiast or amateur historian.
However; accessibility necessitates brevity and that is the book's only pitfall. It does not engage into the deep analysis of the reasons behind the events it describes that one might expect from a serious academic work. Some might say this is a good thing, it makes the reader think and come up with their own conclusions, but historians' interpretations are important in the study of history and this book lacks that crucial element.
Nevertheless, I would still recommend this book as an introduction to anyone seeking to study Russian history of the 20th century. It provides a balanced and informative insight into the continuity of Russian politics and society throughout the 20th century. I couldn't help but feel a heavy undercurrent in favor of western modes of "democratization" and economic policy throughout the entire work, but then again, the Soviet Order at least in my opinion was cumbersome and highly authoritarian throughout its existence, regardless of the perspective in which you choose to view its methodology.
There's a definite difference between ideological orientation and actual implementation of policy.
emi-takahashi.com: A History of Modern Russia: From Nicholas II to Putin ( ): Robert Service: Books. A fine book It is a dizzying tale and Service tells it well; he has none of the ideological baggage that has so often bedeviled Western histories of Russia.
While I more or less sympathize with the "communist" cause, I couldn't help but feel a heavy undercurrent in favor of western modes of "democratization" and economic policy throughout the entire work, but then again, the Soviet Order at least in my opinion was cumbersome and highly authoritarian throughout its existence, regardless of the perspective in which you choose to view its methodology.
I feel like this was an overall compelling, albeit sometimes tedious read. A lot of attention was payed to minute details but it helped to paint a wider understanding of this very essential period in Russian history. Not recommended for beginners to historical non-fiction This is one of the best history books I have ever read.
As a general review of Russian history in the 20th century, it faces no simple task: Service has found the perfect balance. He always sounds well-informed, but he never bores the reader with unnecessary details: What I liked the most is his ability to disentangle sociological factors: I loved every single page of this book, and I strongly recommend it not only to Soviet history buffs but also to any general reader. Mar 24, Bryan rated it really liked it. A very well presented exploration of the October Revolution and the legacy it wrought throughout the remainder of the 20th century.
The book's strength lies in the Lenin and Stalin eras in describing the authoritarian methods employed to deprive citizens of their economic autonomy, the history of the Eastern Front of WWII, and in ultimately setting the stage for the Cold War.
The book becomes slightly sparser in content afterwards and focused on the internal machinations of the communist party a A very well presented exploration of the October Revolution and the legacy it wrought throughout the remainder of the 20th century. The book becomes slightly sparser in content afterwards and focused on the internal machinations of the communist party as it attempts at stabilization and reform ultimately undermined the system that had been inherited. Well worth reading for important historical context and for detailed examples of the underlying faults of planned economies.
I expected something worse, cause at first I didn't know if the author is British or American sorry for that - but sometimes Americans are total ignorants. The book is really good and well-written. Most of the stuff is explained and usage of foreign for British words isn't overwhelming and irritating. For everyone wh I expected something worse, cause at first I didn't know if the author is British or American sorry for that - but sometimes Americans are total ignorants.
For everyone who starts their adventure with history of Russia. Sep 15, Anya rated it liked it. While coherent and informative, the book is SO dry and SO boring it's difficult to keep your attention. While Figes is someone who can't balance the many topics he takes on and do justice to any of them, Service covers everything in depth while making his own analysis barely perceptible, which is disappointing in its ow i was eager to read this after slogging through orlando figes' pompous and overdramatic history of the revolution. While Figes is someone who can't balance the many topics he takes on and do justice to any of them, Service covers everything in depth while making his own analysis barely perceptible, which is disappointing in its own way.
Jun 01, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: Robert Service gives a general overview in this book of the years in Russia. It is obvious that he is very well-studied on Russian history, and he does a great job explaining what was going on in the country through all the different time periods and regime changes the people endured.
Overall it was a great book, but the style he writes in can be very hard to understand sometimes. He also writes in a very scholarly tone that can be a bit hard to follow at times. However, I would recomm Robert Service gives a general overview in this book of the years in Russia. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a basic overview of modern Russian history.
This is the second book by Robert Service that I have read; "Trotsky" being the other book. I enjoy his straight forward approach to the historical record of Russia.
The book can be a bit dry at times, but I blame history for that. What can a historian do with twenty years of Brezhnev? I've filled the pages with ink and plan on delving deeper into the history. I highly recommend this book and any Russian literary works from Robert Service.
Jan 28, Andrea rated it liked it. I've been trying to fill in the gaps of my understanding about this compelling and rather mysterious country over the past couple of years. Thanks to a couple of good ratings by friends I took the time to work my way through this history. I feel a little more educated and still in awe of the complicated and difficult past of the people of this region. Realmente, con este libro basta para conocer todo lo que se necesita sobre Rusia. An interesting history of the last years of Russia.
For anybody interested in Russian history, this provides a good balance between detail and brevity. It's focus is on the Soviet period, quite reasonably based on timespan alone, and it does so without taking an ideological position. Dec 30, Highjump rated it liked it. Not for an advanced Russian history person no discussion of historiography, lack of nuance in some areas, Western bias but still quite good.
Russian history can be intimidating, this is a very readable account of the Soviet period for someone who is just beginning to learn about Russia, or someone who wants to update their knowledge. Sep 28, Erin rated it it was ok. I'm proud of myself for sticking with this sometimes dry but very informative history of Russia. Since I've been reading it over the course of the better part of a year, I don't know how fair of a review I can give it, other than I clearly needed breaks from it and read other books in between. Gives a great insight into the background for the move to communism.
Also explains why reform was slow and hit hurdles. Great insight t into a country that I really love visiting and gives me far greater understanding of the culture and challenges. Aug 03, Edmole rated it really liked it. A big bastard of a book about a big bastard of a country. Amazing the amount of agony a people can tolerate. Could mebbe do with less info on agricultural yields and more about the human experience, but I guess without agricultural yields there are no humans to have experiences.
Sep 14, Stefanie rated it really liked it Shelves: I was using this book to give me another view of the arc of Russian History in the Twentieth Century before I started the more complicated books. I found this book was extremely accessible but needed to be read slowly to ensure that everything was understood.
Recommended for both experienced Russia hands, or those with a Russia curiosity. Return to Book Page. See All Goodreads Deals…. A good introduction to the subject. Of course, there are plenty of things to criticize the USSR for, but, for example, while the arbitrary nature of the legal system might be something most people would agree is bad, on the other hand one m This is a review of the second edition, extended up to Realmente, con este libro basta para conocer todo lo que se necesita sobre Rusia. Want to Read saving….
This is perhaps the best comprehensive Western history of modern Russia. Service avoids much of the ideological grandstanding that pervades far too many histories of Russia, the latter being the inevitably consequence of the Cold War. It's also a great read. I only wish the author had written in a more enjoyable English, because the quality of his analysis and historiography is really top notch.