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Smychka: zhurnal raboche-gorodskoi kooperatsii [Union: a journal of the city worker cooperative], vol. II, no. 20 (October 1929).

Moscow: Tsentrosoiuz, 1929. Octavo (24.5 × 17 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 32, [2] pp. Light soil to wrappers; tears to spine extremities; else about very good.

Single issue of this popular biweekly magazine of the Soviet urban cooperative movement, which flourished with strong support from Lenin during The New Economic Policy (NEP). By the mid 1920s, participation in cooperatives became virtually mandatory, with publications such as this supporting Lenin’s pronouncement that “the system of civilized cooperative members….is the system of Socialism” (Meurs, Many Shades of Red, p. 48). This issue is dedicated to the twelfth anniversary of the October Revolution, highlighting all the achievements of Soviet cooperatives thus far and including supporting tables and graphs. The issue also contains articles on the competitions of the five-year plan (1928–1932), as well as numerous articles of cooperative whistleblowing and self-criticism with titles such as “Mistakes of the competition” and “Against perversions in cooperative practice.” Typical of the early period of the first plan, self-criticism of this sort was gravely discouraged later and considered “anti-revolutionary.” The issue also contains comic sketches, and numerous photographs and drawings. The decorative wrappers for this jubilee issue are unattributed. The journal was published (1928–1929) in parallel with Smychka, I seriia (1925–1929) aimed at a more rural audience. Cooperatives were taken under complete government control by 1930. Advertising to rear wrappers. As of January 2020, KVK and OCLC show only issues from 1925 at NYPL.

Book ID: P6347

Price: $175.00