Tag: russia

Revolutionary Art

Recently the Guardian published an article about a (then-upcoming) exhibition on post-Revolution Russian art at the Royal Academy, specifically referring to it as “brutal propaganda” and worrying that our admiration of it “sentimentalises one of the most murderous chapters in human history”. Unfortunately, the author seems deeply confused not only about what the exhibition represented […]

Book: A History of Modern Russia, by Robert Service

Robert Service, A History of Modern Russia (2nd edn, Penguin 2003), 704pp The original edition of this book covered up until the 1990s. This is a review of the second edition, extended up to 2002; there’s also a third edition up to 2009. Service’s biggest problem boils down to his lack of self-awareness. He has a […]