Secret Cables of the Comintern, 1933-1943

Fridrikh I. Firsov, Harvey Klehr, and John Earl Haynes

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May 27, 2014
320 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300198225
Cloth

Drawing on secret and therefore candid coded telegraphs exchanged between Communist Party leaders around the world and their overseers at the Communist International (Comintern) headquarters in Moscow, this book uncovers key aspects of the history of the Comintern and its significant role in the Stalinist ruling system during the years 1933 to 1943. New information on aspects of the People’s Front in France, civil wars in Spain and China, World War II, and the extent of the Comintern’s cooperation with Soviet intelligence is brought to light through these archival records, never examined before.
Fridrikh I. Firsov is formerly department manager of the Russian Center for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Most Recent History. Harvey Klehr is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History, Emory University. John Earl Haynes was Modern Political Historian, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, for twenty-five years.

“These cables reveal in a detailed way, hitherto impossible, the mechanisms by which national communist parties were controlled by, and acted on behalf of, Soviet state interests. The analytical and interpretive potential of this book is fully realized.”—David Shearer, University of Delaware

Secret Cables of the Comintern adds significant detail to our knowledge of the Comintern’s history; the materials cited will prove invaluable to future historians.”—Geoffrey Roberts, University College Cork

“This compilation of historical documents on the Communist International (Comintern), the Soviet tool for controlling foreign communist parties, represents the latest contribution to Yale University Press’ invaluable Annals of Communism series.”—Foreign Affairs

“Once again the Annals of Communism series has provided us a valuable view into the secret world of Communism, in this case a probing analysis of the Comintern’s international network”—David Wolff, American Historical Review
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