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The Maisky Diaries : red ambassador to the Court of St James's, 1932-1943

Maĭskiĭ, Ivan Mikhaĭlovich and Gorodetsky, Gabriel and Ready, Oliver (2015) The Maisky Diaries : red ambassador to the Court of St James's, 1932-1943. Yale University Press, New Haven. ISBN 0300180675; 978-0300180671; 9780300180671

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Abstract

"The entries here about British Stalin apologists, though occasionally revealing, are also over-frequent. We have H G Wells (“a fount of wisdom”) struggling to decide whether Lenin or Stalin was the greater, Lloyd George insisting that Soviet victories could “revolutionise the whole prospect of European democracy”, Bernard Shaw contributing similar fatuities, and a surfeit of Maisky’s close friends Sidney and Beatrice Webb, founders of the New Statesman. An editorial reminder that their 1937 book Soviet Communism: a New Civilisation, overtaken by the Moscow Trials, contained a hasty endnote suggesting that the Soviet judicial system, in which miscreants honestly confessed, was superior to our own, where the guilty dissembled, would add context." - from review of book by George Walden in New Statesman, 21 October 2015, linked to above.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 11:57
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 11:57
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/794

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