Russian Historiography: Now You See Them...

Roger Moorhouse revisits a perceptive article by John Erickson on the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, first published in History Today in 2001, its insights born of a brief period of Russian openness.

When the late John Erickson penned his article in 2001 the historical world was still basking in the afterglow of Gorbachevian glasnost, relishing the steady stream of publications and archival revelations that had finally shed light on some of the darker recesses of Russian history.

There was much to be revealed. For one thing, the Red Army had been voracious in ‘acquiring’ many archival holdings that had themselves been ‘acquired’ by the Germans during the Second World War. Thus, following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg all received back sections of their archives that had been looted many years before.

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