Moscow; Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1925. Item #1854
72 pp. 17,5x12,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Uncut, spine slightly chipped, minor holes in front cover, some minor spots on covers, otherwise mint.
Cover design features a colorful montage of a drawn image of a peasant with a black-and-white photo portrait of the former leader.
This mass propaganda book was targeted at the most numerous part of the Russian population, peasants. After Lenin’s death, there were numerous lecturers and publications on what peasants suffered from, what Lenin had done for peasants and which of his plans were inherited by the Communist party.
Most likely, this book was used by propagandists. In particular, this book explains some campaigns: a tax in kind, NEP, etc. “Establishing an economic connection, or as Lenin called it, a bond, between workers and peasants, began with the introduction of the tax in kind. With the tax in kind, peasants have to transfer only part of their products to the Soviet government for the needs of the army. Peasants sell their surplus and buy everything needed. Peasants bring surplus grain and other products to the market, and workers, through the state trading apparatus, deliver products to industry. If the peasant sells products to private entrepreneurs, then a gap will form between the worker and the peasant.”
The work was translated to other languages of the USSR.
The only copy is located in Stanford University.