© 1991

Lenin: A Political Life

Volume 2: Worlds in Collision


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Robert Service
    Pages 1-33
  3. Robert Service
    Pages 34-66
  4. Robert Service
    Pages 67-96
  5. Robert Service
    Pages 97-127
  6. Robert Service
    Pages 128-160
  7. Robert Service
    Pages 161-200
  8. Robert Service
    Pages 201-238
  9. Robert Service
    Pages 239-271
  10. Robert Service
    Pages 303-335
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 336-422

About this book


In this second volume of his Lenin trilogy, Robert Service builds on the approach established in the first. He emphasises the extraordinary circumstances in Russia and the world enabling Lenin to come to power in 1917. He also details ways whereby Lenin led a turbulent Bolshevik party and adjusted its policies so as to gain authority in the soviets. Lenin the crafty and pragmatic politican as well as the utopian and merciless class warrior are portrayed.


Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Vladimir Lenin

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LondonUK

Bibliographic information


'Dr Service has made excellent use of freshly available original documents but even without them this book would have been outstanding.' - Susan Walker, International Affairs

'...immensely detailed, scholarly biography....' - Richard Pendry, New Statesman and Society

'Robert Service takes such a most welcome broad view in the second volume of his projected trilogy... For this eagerly awaited end to his labours, all power to the Service elbow.' - Paul Dukes, Times Higher Education Supplement