Canadian historian and the author of the book, Michael Jabara Carley, has shed light on early Soviet diplomacy and the reasons for his interest in this subject. Sputnik: Why did you choose this particular period of Soviet diplomacy for your research? Was it just a scientific interest or something personal? Michael Jabara Carley: This is complicated question. The first book that I wrote, the first monograph was on the French intervention, military, political, economic intervention in Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution in November of 1917. And after I finished with that subject, I just got interested in the 1920s. I wanted to continue going forward in time and basically that’s how it started. I formed a partnership with another colleague in Canada, Richard K. Debo, he was interested in Soviet foreign policy and we decided to write a book together on the 1920s. We applied for a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. And we got our grants. And I went to Paris, London, Washington, Moscow. He went to London, Bonn and Potsdam. And we gathered a lot of research. Unfortunately, he fell seriously ill and fell out of the project and I went ahead… Read full this story
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