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Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical by Christopher Read

By Christopher Read

From a hugely individual writer at the topic, this biography is a superb scholarly advent to 1 of the most important figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. not just does it utilize archive fabric made newly to be had within the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines conventional resources to boot, delivering an unique interpretation of Lenin's lifestyles and historic significance.

Focal issues of this examine are:
• Lenin's innovative ascetic personality
• how he exploited tradition, schooling and propaganda
• his courting to Marxism
• his altering category research of Russia
• his 'populist' instincts.

A famous determine on the vanguard of debates at the Russina revolution, learn makes yes that Lenin is still in his position as a hugely influential and important determine of the hot past.

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Subordinate to Khazaria until its disintegration, the Volga Bulgars, acting with some local leaders of the North Caucasus, partially restored order along the lower Volga and in the northern Caspian region. They were, however, unable to reestablish the control over the steppe that had been maintained by the Khazars or prevent piracy on the Caspian. But Bulgar did continue to provide Rus merchants access to its markets. There the Rus sold their goods for silver coin (until c. 1015) and other Oriental and native products.

But there is some question as to whether either brother actually sat in the capital.

Elsewhere in his account the chronicler, a Christian monk, stressed Sviatopolk’s illegitimacy by pointing out he was actually Iaropolk’s, not Vladimir’s, son. Following Sviatopolk were Vysheslav, the son of a Czech woman, then Sviatoslav and another son named Mstislav, both sons of a second Czech woman. Finally, Boris and Gleb appeared in the list, identified as sons of a Bulgarian woman. This list does not indicate the relative ages of Vladimir’s sons, nor does it reveal which of his sons survived him.

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