The Leningrad Blockade, 1941-1944 A New Documentary History from the Soviet Archives Richard Bidlack, Nikita Lomagin, Marian Schwartz

Annals of Communism Series
Publication date:
12 Nov 2013
Yale University Press
552 pages: 210 x 140mm
76 b-w illus, 5 maps, 3 tables
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Based largely on formerly top-secret Soviet archival documents (including 66 reproduced documents and 70 illustrations), this book portrays the inner workings of the communist party and secret police during Germany's horrific 1941–44 siege of Leningrad, during which close to one million citizens perished. It shows how the city's inhabitants responded to the extraordinary demands placed upon them, encompassing both the activities of the political, security, and military elite as well as the actions and attitudes of ordinary Leningraders.

"The authors strive to strip away the long-standing and largely politically- and ideologically-motivated misconceptions and myths which have clouded non-military aspects and circumstances of the siege. They stress, in particular, the actions and mistakes of Soviet political authorities and the human condition and attitudes of the many peoples who endured the siege."?David M. Glantz, Editor of the Journal of Slavic Military Studies

“[An] outstanding book.”—Choice 

?. . . this is a book that has much of value not only for student and general readers but also for specialists.ÿ It adds up to a uniquely informative account of what Bidlack and Lomagin call the ?biggest challenge? that people in the city popularly known as Piter had ever faced.? Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford

?With its careful annotation of archival documents, The Leningrad Blockade is an indispensable starting point for scholars and graduate students interested in the blockade and in the wartime Soviet state more generally. The book adds substantially to the fund of Soviet documents in English translation available for use in advanced undergraduate courses.??Lisa Kirschenbaum, West Chester University

“The effort in this valuable study is not to diminish the bravery and human cost that went into protecting Leningrad during the siege, but to offer a more nuanced and fuller sense of all that took place.”—Barry P. Scherr, Slavic and East European Journal