Revolutionary Exiles: The Russians in the First International and the Paris Commune

Revolutionary Exiles: The Russians in the First International and the Paris Commune

Revolutionary Exiles: The Russians in the First International and the Paris Commune

Revolutionary Exiles: The Russians in the First International and the Paris Commune

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Friendship may have limits, but five people ignored them in giving invaluable scholarly assistance with this book. I am deeply indebted to that moguchaia kuhka of Professors Bert Andréas of Geneva, Loren Graham of Columbia University, Boris Itenberg of Moscow, Cecil Lang of the University of Virginia, and George Vogt of the National Archives in Washington. I am profoundly grateful too to M.G. Sedov of Moscow, Charles Jelavich of Indiana University and Nicholas V. Riasanovsky of the University of California at Berkeley. My senior colleagues in the Department of History at the University of Virginia generously awarded me a semester in the University's Centre for Advanced Studies; it is a pleasure to thank them, and the Centre, for that splendid opportunity to work on the manuscript. In Moscow and Leningrad the staffs of various archival collections and libraries were most helpful. The same was true elsewhere in Europe, but I should like to pay special tribute to the keepers of the Police Archives in Paris and to M. Desneux at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels. At the University of Virginia, Martin Davis, Richard Martin and Angelika Powell of Alderman Library have shown me on countless occasions the wonders that skilled professional librarians can perform. To the American Council of Learned Societies and the International Research and Exchanges Board, which together funded several very productive periods of study in the Soviet Union, I am most grateful indeed.

Finally, I must pay tribute to Irina Igorevna McClellan, and to Rabbi Gedalyah Engel of Purdue University. Their contribution to this book was indirect but profound; and than them there are none nobler on this earth.

For such merits as this work may possess, the individuals and organizations named above merit enormous credit. Its shortcomings are mine, and mine alone.

W.M.

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