"The Complete Maisky Diaries" by Ivan Maisky

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
1536 pages: 235 x 156mm
131 b-w illus.


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 by historian Gabriel Gorodetsky. 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, 1941–1943

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.