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History of the Labor Movement

Sotsialisticheskoe iunosheskoe dvizhenie za-granitsei i v Rossii [The socialist youth movement abroad and in Russia].

Moscow: Otdel Izdatel'stva i Knizhnoi Torgovli Moskovskago Soveta Rabochikh i Krasno-armeiskikh Deputatov, [1918]. Small octavo (17.3 × 12.3 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 56 pp. Light soil and chips to wrappers; notes in pencil to title and cancelled Polish library stamp to title verso. About very good.

This pamphlet contains a history of youth labor movements and a call to action, addressed to the young Russian workers and written by the Bund activist and labor historian Iosif Iuzefovich (1890–1952). Born in Warsaw, then part of the Russian Empire, Iuzefovich trained as a leather worker, later becoming a Bund activist. In 1912–1916 he was imprisoned for revolutionary activity. A member of the communist party starting in 1917, this pamphlet was Iuzefovich’s first attempt at a labor history. Throughout the 1920s–1930s he would become a historian of the labor movement, focusing especially on the US and Russia, authoring half a dozen books on labor international, and leather workers unions. Iuzefovich was arrested and executed in 1952 in connection with his work with the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, an organization founded by Soviet Jewish intellectuals to promote the fight against fascism in collaboration with the Western allies. Publisher catalog to rear wrappers including a list of recent volumes on international labor history published in Russian.

Possibly because of the author’s later persecution, the item is very rare. As of March 2022, KVK, OCLC show only the copy at the National Library of Poland.

Book ID: 51906

Price: $350.00