WHM: Personal Accounts Exercise Question 5 - How do personal accounts function in a larger context?

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How do personal accounts function in a larger context?

1974: “Meet with one of the leaders from among our friends and inform him of the following: The reactionary press […] has, as you know, initiated a new anti-Soviet campaign in connection with the publication of Solzhenitsyn’s book The Gulag Archipelago. The timing of the publication of this book was quite clearly chosen so as to damage détente. Meanwhile, Solzhenitsyn’s book, the nature of which is anti-Soviet and antisocialist, and is aimed at discrediting the October Revolution, socialism as a system, and V.I. Lenin personally, will be exploited by anti-communists to damage […] the interests of the revolutionary class struggle.”

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