Souvarine, Boris

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Russian-born French journalist and author; French communist leader, 1919-1924.

From the description of Boris Souvarine papers, 1925-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754870794

Russian-born (1895-1984) as Boris Lifschitz, Boris Souvarine was a founder of the French Communist Party and a French Bolshevik delegate to the Comintern until expelled in the mid-1920s. In 1935 he published a biography of Joseph Stalin and for the next sixty years he was a leading Sovietologist and anti-communist, founder of L'Institut d'Histoire Sociale, as well as an author, editor, historian, journalist and publisher.

From the description of Boris Souvarine papers, 1915-1984 (inclusive), 1940-1984 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612452684

Pseudonym of Boris Konstantinovič Lifšic; born in Kiev 1895; his family moved to Paris c. 1900, where he died in 1984; joined the Section Française de l'Internationale Ouvrière (SFIO) towards 1914; his contributions, sharply worded and signed S̀ouvarine', attracted attention quickly; opposed the French socialist war effort; one of the French activists of the Third International; until 1924 one of the most important spokesmen for the Parti Communiste Français (PCF) and its representative in the Executive Committee of the COMINTERN; left the communist movement in 1924 because of its anti-Trotsky campaign; broke with the Trotskyists latter around 1929; evolved towards a moderate socialist position; thereafter he chiefly published commentaries on current affairs in the Soviet Union in periodicals, which he edited himself; in 1935 he published his magnum opus S̀talin. Aperçu historique du bolchévisme'.

From the description of Archives (1897- ) 1939-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82747266

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Albertini, Georges, 1911-1983. person
associatedWith Berberova, Nina Nikolaevna. person
associatedWith Body, Marcel, 1894- person
associatedWith Communist International. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist International. Congress. corporateBody
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969. person
associatedWith Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979. person
associatedWith Institut d'histoire sociale (Paris, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Josselson, Michael. person
associatedWith Kerensky, Aleksandr Fyodorovich, 1881-1970. person
associatedWith Kuskova, Ekaterina Dmitrievna, 1869- person
associatedWith Laure. person
associatedWith Ossorguine-Bakounine, Tatiana. person
associatedWith Parti communiste français. corporateBody
associatedWith Parti socialiste-S.F.I.O. Congrès national 1920 : Tours, France) corporateBody
associatedWith Pascal, Pierre, 1890- person
associatedWith Pipes, Richard. person
associatedWith Prokopovich, Sergeĭ. person
associatedWith Sapir, Boris. person
associatedWith Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953. person
associatedWith Szamuely, Tibor, 1890-1919. person
associatedWith Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. person
associatedWith Valentinov, N. (Nikolaĭ), 1879-1964. person
associatedWith Weil, Simone, 1909-1943. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Soviet Union
Soviet Union
Cold War


Active 1915

Active 1984






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SNAC ID: 28032990