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Churchill and Stalin (Hardback)

Comrades-in-Arms during the Second World War

WWII Russia & the Eastern Front Churchill Military

By Dr Martin Folly, Geoffrey Roberts, Oleg Rzheshevsky
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 325
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781781590492
Published: 30th October 2019

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Based on documents from the Russian archives, this comprehensive study charts the tumultuous wartime relationship between Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It highlights the secret correspondence between the two leaders, records their meetings and conversations in Moscow and at the Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam summits, and discloses the confidential communications of Stalin and his diplomats.

Churchill and Stalin has been compiled and edited by three leading Russian and British historians of the Second World War. Their narrative brings together military and political history, documentary analysis and biography in an illuminating way. It reveals how Stalin and Churchill clashed and collaborated in order to achieve victory, and it demonstrates the deep personal relationship between these two great personalities as well as their profound political differences. Even when the Grand Alliance collapsed after the war, they retained their respect and affection for each other.

Other important wartime personalities also feature in the documents –President Roosevelt, the British and Soviet foreign ministers, Anthony Eden and Vyacheslav Molotov, Ivan Maisky, the Soviet ambassador in London and Averell Harriman, the American ambassador in Moscow.

This fascinating documentary record is linked by a detailed narrative and commentary on the Stalin-Churchill relationship in the context of Anglo-Soviet relations during the war and the politics of the Grand Alliance.

A landmark book – it will appeal to all those interested in Churchill and Stalin and in the politics and diplomacy of the Second World War.

This fascinating documentary record is linked by a detailed narrative and commentary on the Stalin-Churchill relationship in the context of Anglo-Soviet relations during the war and the politics of the Grand Alliance.

A landmark book – it will appeal to all those interested in Churchill and Stalin and in the politics and diplomacy of the Second World War.

Churchill and Stalin: Comrades-in-Arms during the Second World War by Martin Folly (Brunel University), Geoffrey Roberts (University College Cork), and Oleg Rzheshevsky (author of Allies at War: The Soviet, American, and British Experience) is a documentary history of Anglo-Soviet relations during the conflict. The first two chapters of the book provide a narrative summary of the war-time relationship while the following chapters provide reproductions of more than 130 documents. These documents include the Churchill-Stalin correspondence and meeting transcripts, including the Eden-Stalin meetings of December 1941, the Churchill-Molotov meetings of May-June 1942, and Churchill-Stalin meetings and conversations in Moscow, Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam. The volumes includes a short 4-page chapter covering Churchill, Stalin, and the Cold War. Churchill and Stalin: Comrades-in-Arms during the Second World War joins the recently published Complete Maisky Diaries and The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt in providing researchers and readers alike with access to the primary sources that document the relationship between Churchill and Stalin during the war.

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Winston Churchill Blog

The definitive documentary on the relationship of Churchill and Stalin during WWII, produced by a team of three co-authors combining their specialist skills. The alliance between the Soviets and the Western Allies was a case of ‘my enemy’s enemy’. – Highly Recommended.

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Geoffrey Roberts features as expert in 'When should countries intervene in others' affairs?' article

BBC World Histories, December 2019

An absolutely spellbinding read.

George Galloway

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About Dr Martin Folly

Dr Martin Folly Is a senior lecturer in History at Brunel University London and an active member of the Isambard Centre of Historical Research. His work centres on the perceptions and attitudes that shaped relations between the United States, Soviet Union and Great Britain during and immediately after the Second World War, and his publications include The United States and World War II.


About Geoffrey Roberts

Geoffrey Roberts is Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork and Senior Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. An internationally renowned expert on Stalin, Soviet foreign policy, and the history of the Cold War, his publications include Stalin’s Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953, Molotov: Stalin’s Cold Warrior and Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov.


About Oleg Rzheshevsky

Professor Oleg Rzheshevsky was one of Russia’s leading experts on the Second World War. His many books include War and Diplomacy: The Making of the Grand Alliance, Voina, 1941-1945, Stalin i Cherchill, and Allies at War: The Soviet, American and British Experience (with Warren Kimball and David Reynolds).

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