2nd ed. Petrograd: Nachatki znanii, 1919. 32 pp. 18x15 cm. Publisher’s printed wrappers with yellow ornamented frame on the front wrapper. Very good. Some rubbing and soiling of the wrappers.
Second edition (first edition was printed earlier the same year). Very rare.
This edition consists of two parts. In the first the story of the nurse Anna is told, she was tired of hungry and poor life in the city and decided to go to a village where she spontaneously created a club for women. The second part is her letter to a teacher Maria in a nearby village titles “How to Organize a Club and Its Work”. In this letter Anna gives practical advice on how to start the club and how to engage women. Both parts are written in a colloquial language to be easily understandable for all people. Cultural and Educational Cooperative
Partnership “Nachatki Znanii” (i.e. Rudiments of Knowledge) saw its purpose in organizing peasants and workers and help them to start selforganize and self-educate. One of the forms of such self-organization was a club both in cities and villages. USSR was formed only in 1922 and mass building of the clubs started later but in 1919, after the WWI and during the Civil war, there was already a need in mobilizing, organizing and educating people. An important condition for the successful solution of the women’s question was the implementation
of the Leninist plan for the cultural revolution in the USSR. Along with the socialist industrialization of the country, the collectivization of agriculture, the fair solution of the national question, the cultural revolution played a huge role in developing the creative initiative of working people, including women, in fully engaging them in building a new society led by the Leninist party. Later the Communist Party and the Soviet government directed efforts, as A.M. Kollontai wrote, to ‘‘on one hand raise with the help of clubs, schools and generally broad education, a cultural level, to develop a knowledge, on the other, to bring life into accord with more protecting the interests of women Soviet laws’’. The content of the cultural work of the Soviet state reflected the Leninist course of enhancing the participation of women in the construction of a new life.
Overall, a rare example of early club propaganda for women.
Not found on WorldCat as well as the first edition.