Publishing in the Western world is an enterprise whose success depends on freedom of expression enjoyed in Western countries. Reputable publishers know this, and do not lightly accept restraints on that freedom. Eminent historians have a duty to their subject; they do not readily collaborate with attempts to conceal historical truth, particularly when the truth in question relates to episodes having the gravest possible implications for current political life. These points are axiomatic.

Or so I supposed until very recently. In the last few months I have had an experience which calls them into question. The experience has staggered me. It may be that I am naive, and that such incidents are commonplace; but I do not think so. The reader must judge for himself.

In January, 1982,1 was asked to contribute an entry to a dictionary of twentieth-century thinkers which was to be published in Britain by...

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