London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1929. — 658 p.In compiling the «Soviet Union year-book» we have had one aim in view — to provide business and public men with reliable information on the economic and political life of the U.S.S.R. The unprecedented changes which took place in Russia in November, 1917, fundamentally altered the economic and political systems of the country. The natural resources, the large factories and the transport system became property of the State, while the government of the country is now in the hands of representatives elected by the people istead of in an autocratic tzar. At present comparatively little is known by the general public of the new economic and political order of the Soviet Union, and we hope that the supply of trustworthy information on the actual conditions of life in the U.S.S.R. will be of assistance in promoting economic and cultural relations between the Soviet Union and the rest of the world. With this aim in view, we started, five years ago, on the work of compiling the Year Book. The first edition — 1925 — appeared under the title “The Commercial Yearbook of the Soviet Union.“ This edition met with great success in Great Britain, the United States of America and other countries. Many English and American newspapers commented favourably on our work and testified to the value of the book as a source of serious information on the Soviet Union. Encouraged by the favourable reception accorded to the first edition, the book was considerably extended, brought up to date and issued in the second edition — 1926 — and its success was greater even than the first. The success of the four previous issues has encouraged us to offer the public a 1929 edition, which we hope will prove no less useful than its predecessors. The present edition contains a great deal of entirely new material, including a Who’s Who in politics, science, literature and banking. All the information has been brought up to date, and the latest maps of the U.S.S.R., in which all recent changes have been embodied, are included.
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