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The Resource Trotsky : a biography, Robert Service

Trotsky : a biography, Robert Service

Label
Trotsky : a biography
Title
Trotsky
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Robert Service
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Trotsky is perhaps the most intriguing and, given his prominence, the most understudied of the Soviet revolutionaries. Using new archival sources, Robert Service offers new insights. He discusses Trotsky's fractious relations with the leaders he was trying to unify; his attempt to disguise his political closeness to Stalin; and his role in the early 1920s as the progenitor of political and cultural Stalinism. Trotsky evinced a surprisingly glacial and schematic approach to making revolution. Service recounts Trotsky's role in the botched German revolution of 1923; his willingness to subject Europe to a Red Army invasion in the 1920s; and his assumption that peasants could easily be pushed onto collective farms. Although Trotsky's followers clung to the stubborn view of him as a pure revolutionary and a powerful intellect unjustly hounded into exile by Stalin, the reality is very different.--From publisher description
  • "Trotsky expert David North undertook a thorough analysis shortly after the book was published two years ago by Harvard University Press. He came to the conclusion that Robert Service had violated basic standards of historical scholarship and his publisher had failed to exercise the necessary editorial oversight. A recent review of the book by the Trotsky biographer Bertrand Patenaude in The American Historical Review has completely confirmed the criticisms raised by North. North and Patenaude have pointed out a host of factual errors by Service ... Service{u2019}s sources are unreliable. Sources that are very difficult to access and hardly verifiable for most readers often have nothing to do with the claims made, or demonstrate the opposite. Contrary to the announcement of the book made by Suhrkamp, Service has not sought to deal with Trotsky and Stalin in an 2impartial and genuine3 manner. Instead, the aim of his work is to discredit Trotsky, and unfortunately he often resorts to the formulas associated with Stalinist propaganda."--Letter from historians to German publisher Suhrkamp on Robert Service{u2019}s biography of Trotsky, July 30, 2011
  • "It appears that he [Service] set out to thoroughly discredit Trotsky as a historical figure and as a human being. His Trotsky is not merely arrogant, self-righteous, and self-absorbed; he is a mass murderer and a terrorist, a cold and heartless son, husband, father, and comrade, an intellectual lightweight who falsified the record of his role in the Russian Revolution and whose writings have continued to fool generations of readers{u2014}a hoax perpetrated by his hagiographer Isaac Deutscher. In his eagerness to cut Trotsky down, Service commits numerous distortions of the historical record and outright errors of fact to the point that the intellectual integrity of the whole enterprise is open to question. ... The number of factual mistakes in Service{u2019}s book is, as North says, {u2018}astonishing.{u2019} I have counted more than four dozen. ... Service{u2019}s book is completely unreliable as a reference.... At times the errors are jaw-dropping.3--Bertrand Patenaude, American Historical Review, June 2011
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Service, Robert
Dewey number
  • 947.084092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DK254.T6
LC item number
S427 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Trotsky, Leon
  • Revolutionaries
  • Statesmen
  • Exiles
  • Communism
  • Russia
  • Soviet Union
Label
Trotsky : a biography, Robert Service
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Siberian exile
  • Iskra
  • Cutting loose
  • The
  • year 1905
  • Trial and punishment
  • Again the emigrant
  • Unifier
  • Special correspondent
  • 1914-1919
  • 1879-1913
  • War on the war
  • Designs for revolution
  • Atlantic crossings
  • Nearly a Bolshevik
  • Threats and promises
  • Seizure of power
  • People's commissar
  • Trotsky and the Jews
  • Brest-Litovsk
  • Kazan and after
  • The
  • Almost the commander
  • Red victory
  • World revolution
  • 1920-1928
  • Images and the life
  • Peace and war
  • Back from the brink
  • Disputing about reform
  • The
  • politics of illness
  • family Bronstein
  • The
  • left opposition
  • On the cultural front
  • Failing to succeed
  • Entourage and faction
  • Living with Trotsky
  • What Trotsky wanted
  • Last stand in Moscow
  • Alma-Ata
  • 1929-1940
  • Upbringing
  • Büyükada
  • Looking for revolutions
  • The
  • writer
  • Russian connections
  • Europe south and north
  • Setting up in Mexico
  • The
  • Fourth International
  • Trotsky and his women -- "
  • Schooling
  • The
  • Russian question"
  • Confronting the philosophers
  • The
  • Second World War
  • Assassination
  • The
  • keepers and the flame
  • The
  • young revolutionary
  • Love and prison
Control code
319493419
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 600 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674036154
Lccn
2009025417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)319493419
Label
Trotsky : a biography, Robert Service
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Siberian exile
  • Iskra
  • Cutting loose
  • The
  • year 1905
  • Trial and punishment
  • Again the emigrant
  • Unifier
  • Special correspondent
  • 1914-1919
  • 1879-1913
  • War on the war
  • Designs for revolution
  • Atlantic crossings
  • Nearly a Bolshevik
  • Threats and promises
  • Seizure of power
  • People's commissar
  • Trotsky and the Jews
  • Brest-Litovsk
  • Kazan and after
  • The
  • Almost the commander
  • Red victory
  • World revolution
  • 1920-1928
  • Images and the life
  • Peace and war
  • Back from the brink
  • Disputing about reform
  • The
  • politics of illness
  • family Bronstein
  • The
  • left opposition
  • On the cultural front
  • Failing to succeed
  • Entourage and faction
  • Living with Trotsky
  • What Trotsky wanted
  • Last stand in Moscow
  • Alma-Ata
  • 1929-1940
  • Upbringing
  • Büyükada
  • Looking for revolutions
  • The
  • writer
  • Russian connections
  • Europe south and north
  • Setting up in Mexico
  • The
  • Fourth International
  • Trotsky and his women -- "
  • Schooling
  • The
  • Russian question"
  • Confronting the philosophers
  • The
  • Second World War
  • Assassination
  • The
  • keepers and the flame
  • The
  • young revolutionary
  • Love and prison
Control code
319493419
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxii, 600 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674036154
Lccn
2009025417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)319493419

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