Fri, November 30, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
A country gentleman, Sir Stafford Cripps, ascetic, vegetarian, and a devout Christian with a lucrative law career, cut an incongruous figure in British politics of the 1930s. By the time the Second World War broke out, his radical position, radical even among Labour's most radical politicians, made him an outcast. It was only his appointment as Ambassador to Moscow in 1940 that secured for him a prominent position in the War Cabinet and later a key role in Attlee's Labour Government as the poweGabriel Gorodetsky holds the Rubin Chair for Russian Studies at Tel Aviv University. He wrote his dissertation at Oxford University and has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls Oxford. His books include Stafford Cripps in Moscow, 1940-42: Diaries and Papers (2007).