Moscow: Partizdat TsK VKP(b), 1937. Item #1872
110 pp. 17,5x13,5 cm. In original cloth with colored lettering. Very good, some sections slightly detached from others.
First edition. Scarce.
This handbook contains 87 tables summarizing development of the USSR in the 1930s.
Of nine sections, one is dedicated to socialist women. A table on professions shows that 39 percent of employees in industry were female by 1936. According to a table on leadership positions of women in collective farms, they held 18 percent of board members and 16 percent of farm heads. A table “Care of the Socialist State for Mother and Child” reads that the USSR located more than 1500 dairy kitchens and more than 4000 women’s consultations in 1936.
Another engaging section is about Soviet national policy. First of all, it shares data on electrification of Soviet Republics during two earliest five-year plans. A table on agriculture compares the percentage of collective farms in the Republics by 1937 – the lowest number was in Armenia. “More cargo arrived at the railway stations of the Ukrainian SSR in 1936 than at all stations in Tsarist Russia in 1913” – written under the corresponding table. An interesting table on publishing in 28 national languages compares numbers of titles and printruns in 1913 and 1936. It is added with a note: “In 1913, books were printed in only Meadow Mari, while 1936 editions are in Meadow Mari and Hill Mari dialects. In 1913, only the Kazan Tatar dialect was in print while in 1936 books are published in Kazan Tatar and Crimean Tatar dialects”. In all, 28 languages were selected of 110 national languages in print at that time. Also, national theater, cinematography and healthcare are covered.
In all, compilers had counted 697 theaters and 29.758 movie projectors across the Soviet Union in 1936. At the same time, almost 81 thousand reading huts worked in the country. Statistics are also given on transport, trade, industry and agriculture.
In all, useful data on how the Soviet state developed in the decade of Purges.
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