The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States

The West has always had a difficult time understanding the Soviet Union For decades Americans have known a Soviet Union clouded by ideological passions and a dearth of information Today, with the revelations under glasnost and the collapse of the Communist empire, Americans are now able to see the

Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution

The revolutionary ideals of equality, communal living, proletarian morality, and technology worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated a range of social experiments which found expression, in the first decade of the Russian revolution, in festival, symbol, science fiction, city planning, and t


Overthrowing the conventional image of Stalin as an uneducated political administrator inexplicably transformed into a pathological killer, Robert Service reveals a complex and fascinating story behind this notorious twentieth century figure Drawing on unexplored archives and personal testimon

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine

The Harvest of Sorrow is the first full history of one of the most horrendous human tragedies of the 20th century Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party struck a double blow at the Russian peasantry dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and co

Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation

Soviet socialism was based on paradoxes that were revealed by the peculiar experience of its collapse To the people who lived in that system the collapse seemed both completely unexpected and completely unsurprising At the moment of collapse it suddenly became obvious that Soviet life had always s

The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939 (Annals of Communism Series)

This gripping book assembles and translates into English for the first time top secret Soviet documents from 1932 to 1939, the era of the Stalin purges The nearly 200 documents dossiers, police reports, private letters, secret transcripts, and expose the hidden inner workings of the Comm