[THE SECOND SINO-JAPANESE WAR: SOVIET-CHINESE PROPAGANDA] Dva goda geroicheskoi bor’by kitaiskogo naroda [i.e. Two Years of Heroic Struggle of the Chinese People]
Moscow: Gospolitizdat, 1939. Item #1408
44 pp. 20 cm. In original wrappers with letterpress design. A private library stamp on the title page and p. 3, a couple of tears, otherwise very good.
An important example of a Soviet propaganda edition on the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). The print run was enormous – 100,000 copies as indicated. During the 1920-1930s, a variety of Soviet propaganda books were issued on the struggle of the Chinese proletariat to build Communist China. Moreover, the USSR systematically provided political support to China as a victim of Japanese aggression in the 1930s.
In September 1937, the USSR and China signed the Sino-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact and approved Operation Zet, the formation of a secret Soviet volunteer air force, in which Soviet technicians upgraded and ran some of China’s transportation systems. Although the pact made no mention of Soviet military support, it de facto established a tacit understanding that the Soviets would provide both military and material aid. Bombers, fighters, supplies, and advisors arrived. Prior to the Western Allies, the Soviets provided the most foreign aid to China. In 1937- 1940, over 300 Soviet military advisers worked in China. In total, over 5 thousand Soviet citizens worked there during these years, including military officers A. Vlasov and V. Chuikov.
Dva goda geroicheskoi bor’by kitaiskogo naroda is one of the wartime publications with rapidly changing data. Another Chen Lin’s book The Chinese People in Struggle Against the Japanese Aggressor was printed a year earlier with different materials. This particular edition overviews two years of the conflict and declares “the price of a Chinese victory.”
Only copy locates in Dartmouth Library, according to Worldcat.