The Soviet Diplomatic Corps and Stalin's Purges

Kocho-Williams, A. (2008) The Soviet Diplomatic Corps and Stalin's Purges. Slavonic and East European Review, 86 (1). pp. 90-110. ISSN 0037-6795 Available from:

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This article offers a case study of a commissariat and its members during Stalin’s purges. It considers the effects of the purges on diplomats and on Soviet diplomacy, adding new dimensions to previous works, in particular dealing with how the Foreign Commissar Maxim Maximovich Litvinov and the Soviet diplomats serving under him responded to the purges, what their opinions of them were, and how they dealt with the challenge of explaining the purges to observers abroad, as well as examining the numbers that perished, what they were accused of, why the Narkomindel was so vulnerable to the purges, how the Narkomindel struggled to function effectively during a difficult time in Soviet foreign relations, and how the regime achieved a withdrawal from international affairs.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Soviet, diplomacy, Stalin, Litvinov
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
ID Code:8144
Deposited By: Dr A. Kocho-Williams
Deposited On:05 Jul 2010 15:45
Last Modified:04 Apr 2016 22:55

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