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The Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI)collection contains significant new material relating to many aspects of Joseph Stalin's political life deserving further study: foreign policy with Germany before World War II; his communications with Head of the NKVD Nikolai Yezhov during the Great Purges; his directives to the Politburo after WWII outlining his strategies for dealing with the new world order; relations with Western intellectuals and political leaders; and his private notations concerning Lenin, Trotsky, Bukharin, and other Soviet leaders. The complete wartime correspondence between Stalin and President Franklin Roosevelt is included in this archive, as are Stalin's letters to and from intellectuals in America, England, France, Germany, and Italy.
Of the entire Stalin Archive at RGASPI (Fond 558), consisting of approximately 40,000 documents, YUP has chosen to digitize the following documents pertinent to Stalin's personal biography, his work in government, and his conduct of foreign affairs:
The total size of the electronic archive is approximately 28,000 documents (404,000 pages). Featuring a newly designed interface with advanced search and browse functionality, the Stalin Digital Archive's platform has been designed to facilitate individual as well as collaborative research. The SDA allows users to compare specific documents side-by-side, save searches and documents into personal libraries, and define their own tags. The SDA also allows multiple users to join an online community of likeminded scholars; as part of this community, users can take part in discussion groups and freely share their annotations and tagging systems with colleagues.
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The SDA also includes fully-digitized transcriptions of books in Yale's acclaimed Annals of Communism (AOC) series. These volumes include translations of several hundred primary source documents, many of which will also be digitized as part of the Stalin Archive materials. This will allow for linking between the translations and images, facilitating side-by-side comparison of the English and Russian texts and the ability to more fully explore the material conditions of documents reproduced in the AOC series.
The archive now contains twenty-six AOC volumes and offers the ability to do search by keyword, date, author, and other parameters within all or selected titles, or limit the inquiry to primary documents reproduced in those books.
To view the full list on the Yale University Press website, click here.
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