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Dimitrov and Stalin, 1934-1943: Letters from the Soviet Archives (Annals of Communism Series) Hardcover – March 11, 2000
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Dallin (emeritus, history and political science, Stanford) and Firsov, a former Comintern specialist at the Central Party Archive in Moscow, have edited this collection of letters recently found in Soviet archives--correspondence between Stalin and Georgi Dimitrov that deals with the worldwide organizing branch of the Communist Party, the Comintern. Set up by Lenin in 1919 to promote world revolution, the Comintern suffered from a dearth of leadership until Divitrov was named general secretary in 1935; it was ultimately dissolved in 1942 in the aftermath of the disasterous 1939 Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. Dallin and Firsov reproduce and annotate a total of 54 letters, some of which are pictured in the original (complete with Stalin's handwritten marginal notations). Although the scope of this collection is narrow, it does reveal some new information--for example, the letters refute Soviet claims that the USSR helped liberate Yugoslavia from the Nazis. The latest volume in the "Annals of Communism" series, this will appeal to academic libraries and public libraries with Soviet collections.
-Harry V. Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. System, Iola
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Georgi Dmitrov was a Bulgarian Communist who acted as Comintern secretary general from 1934 to 1943; after World War II, he became prime minister of Bulgaria, perhaps the most subservient of Soviet "allies." In this collection of declassified letters, only recently made available to Russian and American scholars, the absolute control exercised by Stalin over foreign Communist parties is evident. At the same time, the letters suggest considerable ambivalence within Stalin's inner circle as to the correct "line" to pursue in dealing with foreign Communists and other parties of the left. These documents are filled with stilted Marxist jargon, and nonspecialists will probably get lost. However, students of Soviet and Eastern European history should find this work of great value. Jay Freeman