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    DescriptionMoscow in the 1960s was the other side of the Iron Curtain: mysterious, exotic, even dangerous. In 1966 the historian Sheila Fitzpatrick travelled 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.


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    Title
    A Spy in the Archives
    Subtitle
    A Memoir of Cold War Russia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sheila Fitzpatrick
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 220 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 580 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781780767802
    ISBN 10: 1780767803
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVU
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
    BIC subject category V2: HBTW
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC classification: DK
    Abridged Dewey: 947
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000, BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVU
    DC23: 947
    DC22: 947.310853
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: DNC, NHTW
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    25 bw in 16pp plates
    Publisher
    I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
    Imprint name
    I.B.Tauris
    Publication date
    05 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sheila Fitzpatrick is Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney and Emerita Professor of History at the University of Chicago. One of the most acclaimed historians of twentieth-century Russia, she is the author of several books, including The Russian Revolution; Stalin's Peasants; Everyday Stalinism; and Tear off the Masks!
    Review quote
    A Spy in the Archives is the insanely redable crowning achievement of a distinguished career, a book every historian should dream of writing. Through the autobiographic report of her visit to the Soviet Union, she tells a story of bureaucratic hassles but also of deep and lasting personal friendships. Slavoj Zizek The vanished world of Brezhnev's Russia brought to life with unususal erve, a disarming candour and a shrewd eye for telling detail. Robert Dessaix
    Table of contents
    1: At the 'Spy College' 2: Moscow in 1966 3: Foreign Student 4: Irina and Igor 5: In the Archives 6: Novy mir 7. Between Two Worlds 8. Last Call for Moscow Postscript Acknowledgements