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E.H. Carr, the Cold War and the Soviet Union

  • Hillel Ticktin


As Michael Cox has argued in the introduction, Carr played a critical intellectual role in the post-war period as sympathetic analyst of the early Soviet regime and credible critic of the West. For both these related misdemeanours he was frequently taken to task and attacked by his many enemies. Nor have the critics gone away and, following the publication of his biography by Jonathan Haslam (a fair but not fawning account of Carr’s life), they once more emerged from the woodwork.1 Indeed, one of the most striking things about the various reviews, with one or two notable exceptions, was that they virtually ignored the book but attacked Carr in person for being, amongst other things, a ‘coldblooded colossus’, a ‘turgid’ writer more likely to turn people off history than onto it, a ‘very cold fish’ who had no interest in human beings, and a ‘horrible history man’ whose work on the former USSR was now obsolete but who unfortunately did not live long enough to see the object of his fascination disintegrate in 1991. Even in death Carr appears to have the capacity to rile those with whom he had disagreed when alive.2


Communist Party Russian Revolution Bolshevik Revolution Soviet Study Marxist Concept 
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