Early NTS Monograph

Kurs natsional’no-politicheskoi podgotovki. Chast’ I. Osnovy natsional’nogo mirovozreniia [A Nationalist Political Training Course. Part I. Fundamentals of a National Worldview].

Belgrade: Izdanie ispolnitel’nogo biuro soveta soiuza, 1939. Octavo (22 × 14 cm). Original printed wrappers; 156, [4] pp. Publisher’s adverts to insides of wrappers. About very good.

An extremely rare early WWII publication by the NTS (National Alliance of Russian Solidarists), an anti-communist émigré organization founded in Belgrade in 1930. With the goal of defeating Communism in Russia, during WWII NTS controversially sought collaboration with Nazi Germany. The organizational headquarters relocated from Belgrade to Berlin in 1941. During the subsequent Cold War the CIA funded many of its publishing and activism projects, including production of Russian language anti-communist propaganda for distribution in the Soviet Union and among the Russian military personnel stationed in Germany. Many of the organization’s top members immigrated to the US in the 1950s.

This 1939 pamphlet was intended for new recruits of the organization who tended to come from the younger generation of Russian émigrés, born or raised abroad. It was conceived as the first volume in a five-part political education series, which provided a basic overview of pre-Revolutionary and Soviet political economy. The series included: Part I, Fundamentals of National Worldview; Part II, The Fundamentals of National Economy; Part III, Social, Economic and Political Life; Part IV, Historical Section; Part V, National Solidarism. Imperial Compilation. A publisher catalog to the first pages of the volume includes these titles as well as an advertisement for the NTS periodical “Za Rodinu” [For our Motherland], which “presents lively, truthful and multi-faceted material on life in the Motherland.” The semi-clandestine activities of NTS caused many rifts within the organization, with this publication extremely rare for articulating its worldview as it stood early in WWII. See also: Benjamin Tromly, “Cold War Exiles and the CIA: Plotting to Free Russia,” pp. 175–177). As of May 2020, not in KVK and OCLC.

Book ID: 50528