A Spy in the Archives

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Publisher: I B Tauris 

Released Date: 2015

ISBN: 9781784532956

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Moscow in the 1960s was the other side of the Iron Curtain: mysterious, exotic, even dangerous. In 1966 the historian Sheila Fitzpatrick traveled to Moscow to research in the Soviet archives. This was the era of Brezhnev, of a possible thaw in the Cold War, when the Soviets couldn t decide either to thaw out properly or re-freeze. Moscow, the world capital of socialism, was renowned for its drabness. The buses were overcrowded; there were endemic shortages and endless queues. This was also the age of regular spying scandals and tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions, and it was no surprise that visiting students were subject to intense scrutiny by the KGB. Many of Fitzpatrick s friends were involved in espionage activities and indeed others were accused of being spies or kept under close surveillance. In this book, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides a unique insight into everyday life in Soviet Moscow. Full of drama and colorful characters, her remarkable memoir highlights the dangers and drudgery faced by Westerners living under communism."

Author: Sheila Fitzpatrick

Publisher: I B Tauris 

Released Date: 2015

ISBN: 9781784532956

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