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Stafford Cripps' Mission To Moscow, 1940-42
Stafford Cripps' Mission To Moscow, 1940-42
By Gabriel Gorodetsky
Cambridge University Press, 1985, 361 pp

A fascinating monograph, based in part on new evidence from official and private papers, dealing with Stafford Cripps, the radical dissenter in British politics and a longtime proponent of close Anglo-Soviet relations. Sent to Moscow before the German invasion, at a time when Britain feared still deeper German-Soviet collaboration and when the Soviets suspected the British of probing for a separate peace with the Germans, Cripps faced a frustrating assignment. When the Germans invaded Russia, Cripps, often acting in defiance of his government, sought far greater help to the desperate Russians. Cripps found himself embattled with Churchill, who saw in him a principal rival and warned him in November 1941 against returning to London and "engaging in a most unequal struggle which could only injure the interests to which you are attached." A critical view of Churchill and of Anglo-Soviet relations.