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Maiskii, he published a much more detailed account (reproduced as appendix 2).
Indeed, the French and Germans expected British capitulation in the summer of 1940, though Maiskii, at least, did not think so.
Harbutt's work is a good example of the bits and pieces approach, for instance, when he uses the cold war cliche about unsophisticated, mulish Soviet diplomacy with a few "apparently licensed 'Westerners'" (for example, Litvinov and Maiskii).
In turn, Litvinov staffed diplomatic positions abroad with bright, flexible individuals such as Maiskii in London and Potemkin in Paris.
Levin's comments on Turgenev, Shakespeare, and Hamletism and Ivan Maiskii introduction to a 1943 BBC broadcast of War and Peace, only serve to demonstrate how wise the editors were in restricting the number of examples of this sort of writing.
In January 1944, Ivan Maiskii drew up and submitted to Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, broad guidelines for long term Soviet foreign policy objectives.(1) Only six months before, Maiskii had been promoted to deputy foreign minister and was a member of a working group set up within the Soviet government to map out geopolitical strategy in the postwar world.
In his Memorandum, Maiskii defined the paramount postwar foreign policy objective of the Soviet state to be the maintenance of a durable peace in Europe and Asia for at least the next thirty to fifty years or the "lifespan of two generations." The chief concern of the Soviet leadership was not world revolution, which Maiskii blithely wrote off as the "music of the future," but the far more practical aim of obtaining a Peredyshka or recuperative breathing space for a country bleeding from a thousand wounds.
(99) "Maiskii plenum 1977: Stenogramma zasedaniia 24 maia 1977," RGANI f.
(51) Alexander Cadogan had told Ambassador Maiskii of the coming change in British policy on 29 March.
Indeed, so well connected were they that when the new Soviet ambassador, Ivan Mikhailovich Maiskii, took up residence in London in 1932, the Webbs became his entree to the British political establishment.
Maiskii, who deceived a wishful-thinking, old fool about Soviet war-making possibilities (p.
The recent publication of some of the years of correspondence between Georgii Chicherin and his deputy, Lev Karakhan, and of a portion of Ivan Maiskii's journal, invites further research on this question.