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Author Maĭskiĭ, I. M. (Ivan Mikhaĭlovich), 1884-1975.

Title The Maisky diaries : red ambassador to the Court of St James's, 1932-1943 / edited by Gabriel Gorodetsky
Published New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2015]
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Contents The making of a Soviet diplomat -- 1934 -- 1935 -- 1936 -- 1937 -- 1938 -- 1939 -- 1940 -- 1941 -- 1942 -- 1943 -- End of an era: Maisky's recall -- The price of fame: a late repression
Summary The terror and purges of Stalin's Russia in the 1930s discouraged Soviet officials from leaving documentary records let alone keeping personal diaries. A remarkable exception is the unique diary assiduously kept by Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943. This selection from Maisky's diary, never before published in English, grippingly documents Britain's drift to war during the 1930s, appeasement in the Munich era, negotiations leading to the signature of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, Churchill's rise to power, the German invasion of Russia, and the intense debate over the opening of the second front. Maisky was distinguished by his great sociability and access to the key players in British public life. Among his range of regular contacts were politicians (including Churchill, Chamberlain, Eden, and Halifax), press barons (Beaverbrook), ambassadors (Joseph Kennedy), intellectuals (Keynes, Sidney and Beatrice Webb), writers (George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells), and indeed royalty. His diary further reveals the role personal rivalries within the Kremlin played in the formulation of Soviet policy at the time
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Diaries in English, translated from the original Russian
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Subject Maĭskiĭ, I. M. (Ivan Mikhaĭlovich), 1884-1975.
Ambassadors -- Great Britain -- Diaries.
Ambassadors -- Soviet Union -- Diaries.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- Sources.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- 1917-1945.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain -- Sources.
Genre/Form Diaries.
Form Electronic book
Author Gorodetsky, Gabriel, 1945- editor
ISBN 0300180675
0300217331 (electronic bk.)
9780300217339 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Red ambassador to the Court of St James's, 1932-1943