Cold War: The Zinoviev Letter Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
1a This is a difficult source because:
  • It comes from 1924
  • It is full of political ideas
  • It was translated from Russian.
So this question is answered in a different way. to answer this question.

Analysis and Interpretation
1b Make a list of all of the statements in this letter which you think the British government would object to.
1c The British government was not sure at first whether or not the letter was genuine. Who might have sent it if it was a forgery?

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Extracts from a letter by Comintern President Zinoviev to the British Communist Party, September 1924, generally known as the Zinoviev Letter

Extracts from a letter by Comintern President Zinoviev to the British Communist Party, September 1924, generally known as the Zinoviev Letter

Extracts from a letter by Comintern President Zinoviev to the British Communist Party, September 1924, generally known as the Zinoviev Letter