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Men of Influence

Sabine Dullin and Editions Payot

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748622191
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651290 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622191.001.0001
Men of Influence

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Making an addition to the new historiography of mid-twentieth-century Soviet history, the author of this book has researched the history of Soviet diplomacy from 1930 to 1939 through a variety of now-accessible diplomatic, political, administrative and social archives. The book adds into the mix the memories and testimonies of diplomatic personnel. The political system established by Stalin in the USSR during the 1930s has remained in part an enigma because little attention has been paid to those who made it function. This book sheds light on the workings of the Soviet bureaucracy and in particular the role of Maxim Litvinov, Soviet Foreign Minister, and his relations with Stalin. The author examines Soviet foreign policy and the process of Stalinisation, and argues that these ‘men of influence’ were not simply agents of the Kremlin, but were able, through the 1930s and with the emergence of Soviet power on the eve of the Second World War, to initiate and pursue their own agendas.

Keywords: Soviet history; Soviet diplomacy; Maxim Litvinov; Stalinisation; testimonies; diplomatic personnel; Soviet foreign policy; Stalin; USSR; Soviet bureaucracy

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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