Moscow: Gos. izdatel’stvo, 1920. 185 pp., 1 ill. 27x18,5 cm. No front cover, original back cover preserved. Back cover and inner edge of title page restored, spine repaired, small corners of portrait and some pages restored, pale Soviet Georgian stamp on p.17, underlinings occasionally. Otherwise very good copy.
An early Soviet edition about Bolshevik policy toward many ethnic groups of the former Russian Empire, Slavic peoples in Europe, Chinese and Turkish people. The book includes a portrait of Iosif Jughashvili (Stalin) who was the People’s Commissar of Nationalities in 1917–23. Formed shortly before the Revolution, this organization for nationality affairs ceased its activity in 1924.
The collection included resolutions, official appeals of central and republican party organizations and other documentation related. Texts are quite interesting. For example: “Russia undertakes to deny any kind of interference in the internal affairs of Georgia” or “The Commune of the Working People of Estonia stated to declare Soviet regulations valid”. This Estonian government existed from November 1918 to January 1919 and was unrecognized by local people. Also, the constitution of a short-lived state, the Latvian Soviet Republic (late 1918 – early 1920) was presented. In particular, one of the Latvian documents reads: “Societies not registered within 10 days after the publication of this decree will be regarded as acting against the Soviet regime”.
In all, an important witness of the epoch.
Worldcat shows paper copies located in Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, California Wisconsin, Rutgers Universities.