Maiski Diaries 1932–1943

Ambasador Stalina w Londynie 1932–1942 i jego dziennik

Author: Bogdan Grzeloński
Institution: SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny
Year of publication: 2016
Source: Show
Pages: 49-89
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tpn2016.1.03
PDF: tpn/10/tpn2016103.pdf

Diaries of the Soviet ambasador to Great Britain published by emeritus Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and emeritus professor of history at Tel Aviv University Gabriel Gorodetsky are analyzed from the point of view of a historian and diplomat by Bogdan Grzeloński. The author is interested in Maiskis personality and also in a manner he presents himself. At the same time he evaluates his work as a representative of Stalin in London. The author notes that, outside of politics and diplomacy, Maiski did not have other intrests like art or music. Having the ambition to play on active role in the Soviet policy formulation Maiski was not sucessful on Downing street. Churchill was immune to his pressures. Stalin however needed him in London as a propagandist of his policies. B. Grzeloński provides a critical assessment of the diaries and their author.

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