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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 21

The Maisky Diaries

The Maisky Diaries

Gabriel Gorodetsky
John Thornhill
Extracts read by Henry Goodman

The diaries of Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to the UK from 1932-43, discovered and scrupulously edited by Professor Gabriel Gorodetsky, offer  unprecedented insight into events surrounding the Second World War. Maisky enjoyed unique access to key players in British public life – politicians, diplomats, press barons, intellectuals and royalty – as well as being privy to the impact of personal rivalries within the Kremlin on Soviet policy, providing an extraordinary view of two radically opposed worlds. The FT’s John Thornhill chairs. Henry Goodman reads extracts from the Diaries. 

Gabriel Gorodetsky is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Professor Emeritus of History at Tel Aviv University, having also held visiting fellowships at St Anthony’s College, Oxford; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington; and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.  
John Thornhill is Deputy Editor of The FT and a former FT bureau chief in Moscow. He has also been The FT’s Asia editor, Paris bureau chief and European editor.
Henry Goodman is a multi-award-winning actor, twice recipient of the Laurence Olivier award and winner of the London Critics' Circle Award. He has recently starred in Trevor Nunn's Volpone.

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Gabriel Gorodetsky

Jonathan Thornhill

Henry Goodman

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