The Complete Maisky Diaries Volumes 1-3 Ivan Maisky, Gabriel Gorodetsky, Tatiana Sorokina, Oliver Ready

Annals of Communism Series
Publication date:
03 Jan 2018
Yale University Press
1664 pages: 235 x 156mm
129 b-w scattered throughout three volumes
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The complete diaries that Ivan Maisky, Soviet ambassador to London, kept between 1932 and 1943

Confiscated by Soviet authorities in the 1950s, the diaries of Ivan Maisky, the USSR’s ambassador to Great Britain from 1932 to 1943, have been unearthed, annotated, and edited for publication in a three-volume set that Niall Ferguson predicts "will stand as one of the great achievements of twenty-first century historical scholarship." Maisky’s revelations illuminate Soviet foreign policy in the years prior to and during World War II, providing fascinating perspectives on London’s political life and climate, key figures and events, and the Kremlin rivalries that influenced Soviet policy.
  • Volume 1: The Rise of Hitler and the Gathering Clouds of War, 1932–1938
  • Volume 2: The Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and the Battle of Britain, 1939–1940
  • Volume 3: The German Invasion of Russia and the Forging of the Grand Alliance, 1941–19

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Gabriel Gorodetsky is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford, and emeritus professor of history at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Grand Delusion: Stalin and the German Invasion of Russia.

“Gabriel Gorodetsky’s edition [of the diaries] — abridged and unabridged — is a work for the ages.”—Niall Ferguson, The New York Times Book Review, “By the Book” column

“This three-volume work reprints Gorodetsky’s introduction and conclusion, with occasional revisions, and adds useful historiographical or contextual endnotes and a bibliography”– Michael Jabara Carley, The Slavonic and East European Review

“[A] gripping read...Not only do they take the reader through the momentous and fateful years between 1932 and 1943 when Ivan Maisky was Ambassador to the British Court St James’s, but they demand our attention with a new perspective on the whole period.”—Anne Deighton, H-Diplo Roundtable [Journal]