Lockhart, R H Bruce - Memoirs of a British Agent - ( Item 116104 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2003. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. The text follows the 1974 edition, omitting first book and with a new introduction, epilogue and notes by Robin Bruce Lockhart, the author's son. An account of the author's official mission to Moscow in 1918. First published in 1932, this memoir was an immediate classic, both as a unique eyewitness account of Revolutionary Russia and as one man s story of struggle, and tragedy set against the background of great events. Aged 25, Lockhart became the British Vice-Consul to Moscow in 1912. With revolution in the air, it was dangerous, decadent posting. The 'Boy Ambassador' became an eyewitness to pivotal events and in 1918 was charged with establishing a diplomatic understanding with the Bolsheviks, to ensure that Russia remained in the war against Germany. It was a precarious mission: Whitehall could not be seen support revolutionaries; Lockhart grew wary of his masters secret machinations; while Lenin and Trotsky's cordial relations with the British agent never quite dispelled their mistrust of the nation he represented.
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