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The Penguin History of Modern Russia

Robert Service

Russia had an extraordinary twentieth century, undergoing immense upheaval and transformation. Now brought up to 2008, Robert Service's history provides a superb panoramic viewpoint on a country whose Soviet past has encompassed revolution, civil war and mass terror, as well as two world wars. He explores the complex, changing interaction between rulers and ruled from Nicholas II, Lenin and Stalin through to Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin's time as President. This new edition also discusses continuing economic and social difficulties at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the military campaign in Chechnya and Russia's increasing role on the world stage. Robert Service also shows how, despite recent years of de-communization, the seven decades of communist rule which penetrated every aspect of life in state, economy and society still continue to influence Russia today as it faces an uncertain future.

Robert Service is a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and Lecturer at the University of Oxford. He is a highly successful and international author. His books have been published in over ten languages. His most recent books are Lenin: A Biography and Russia: Experiment with a People.

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