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From Communism to Anti-Communism

Andre Liebich
Svetlana Yakimovich


Yves Corpataux

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1Moving is generally an occasion to rediscover chapters of our personal history and that of our family. Rediscovering letters, photographs, press clippings and official documents of our ancestors and of our youth often gives us a new perspective on our origins and on our era. The move of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and of its library to the Maison de la Paix in 2013 offered us the opportunity to restore life to the Boris Souvarine Collection, bequeathed by him to the Institute with part of his library, catalogued in the 1980s.

2The book and catalogue edited and curated by Professor Andre Liebich and Madame Svetlana Yakimovich, From Communism to Anti-Communism : Photographs from the Boris Souvarine Collection at the Graduate Institute give us a new and original perspective on the period that runs from the Russian Revolution to the 1950s and allow us to reflect upon the present era. The documents on which this book and catalogue are based come from the Boris Souvarine Collection consisting of his working notes, press clippings, and documentation concerning East-West relations collected by Souvarine.

3As head of the Institute Library it gives me utmost satisfaction to publish a book based on the archival materials preserved and processed at this Institute. On this occasion I should like to thank Madame Marie Caillot, archivist and paleographer, who worked on the inventory of the Boris Souvarine Collection and who attracted the attention of Professor Andre Liebich to these extraordinary materials. My heartfelt thanks as well to Madame Svetlana Yakimovich, Institute librarian, whose mastery of the Russian language and of the history of her country allowed us to continue the work initiated by Madame Marie Caillot. Finally, I extend my gratitude to Professor Andre Liebich whose erudition, academic rigor and sense of humor have enriched my years at the Institute.


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