History of the Civil War in the USSR, Volume 1

This is one of the best know collectible albums made by Soviet publishers.  From the Cooperative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the USSR, 1937, this is a translation and reformatting of the seminal Stalinist text, of the same name, published in Russian.

The Authors of this volume are: M. Gorky, V. Molotov, K. Voroshilov, S. Kirov, A Zhdanov and J. Stalin.  This history is famous as the founding text of the Stalin cult, rewriting the history of the October Revolution to eliminate Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev, Bukharin and everyone else Stalin had recently killed.  This book was necessary to allow the party faithful to navigate Soviet history without making reference to the many traitors and wreckers that had once been revolutionaries.

This book once belonged to Karl Zucker.

There are many illustrations in this volume, all done to canonical Socialist Realist style.

Here is the famous armband.  A replica of a Red Guardsman’s armband, this scrap of fabric is tipped in, as it were, glued to the page.

5 thoughts on “History of the Civil War in the USSR, Volume 1

  1. Hi there, I have a version of this, 1937, English translation, printed in Sydney Australia, Is it of value?

  2. Very Interesting. I wonder how it compares to Trotsky’s history of the russian revolution apart from the obvious.

    Its a big ask but many would be grateful if some of these book could be scanned in (out of copyright dependent of course).

  3. I picked up a 1937, Moscow Edition of this book while at a flea market in Moscow in 2001. I was a high school student at the time, and didn’t realize it was of financial value. I am curious as to its approximate worth. It is in fine condition, with the arm band and all wax paper intact perfectly. I would appreciate any interest and assistance. I live in St. Louis, MO.

    1. The best place to get a sense of the value is to look on the website Abe books. That’s probably the best place to sell it too.

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