Moscow: Redaktsionno-izdat. upravlenie TsUNKhU Gosplana SSSR i V/O Soyuzorguchet, 1936. Item #1620
, 212 pp., 28 ills. 23,5x18 cm. In original red cloth with colored lettering and a blind bas-relief of Stalin on the front cover; endpapers illustrated with the Palace of Soviets. Slightly rubbed. Otherwise mint.
This collection came out with an external design similar to the Stalin Constitution published the next year. Both editions were bound in red cloth and featured a bas-relief on the front cover. In the case of SSSR strana sotsializma [i.e. The USSR - A State of Socialism], the bas-relief portrays Stalin in profile. Containing three embossed half-titles, the book was designed by the Soviet artists Mikhail Fram (1903-?) and Efim Pernikov (1903-1966). The latter inclined towards constructivist solutions and photomontage techniques in book and poster design in the early 1930s.
Aimed at reinforcing the new Constitution, statistical data presented in this book is divided into different sections: ‘Victory of Socialist Economic System’, ‘The Right to Education’, ‘The Heyday of Ethnic Groups in the USSR’, etc. Taken together, the tables create an interesting panorama of the country's development from the pre-WWI period through the 1920s and the late 1930s. One of the sections reveals how the Bolsheviks brought to life the promises of gender equality in the USSR. For example, one table indicates the percentage of female workers involved in ferrous metallurgy in 1935. Another chart lists different types of Soviet educational institutions and specifies the number of female students in 1928 and 1936. The edition showcases levels of education and provides female literacy rates in Central Asia in the mid-1930s. According to the data presented in the book, only 10% of Uzbek women read newspapers in 1936. The edition also reflects the availability of higher education in various nations of the USSR and provides data for each territorial unit.
The publication contains particularly interesting information on the number of parachute jumps and the ascents to the mountains lbrus, Kazbek, Kokchukurbashi, and the Almaty peak by 1935. The edition also features statistical data on the number of tractors recorded in Armenia (179) and Georgia (only 16).
Worldcat shows copies of the edition in Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Wesleyan Universities, and NYPL.