Belgrade: Izdanie N. Z. Rybinskago, 1938. Octavo (23 × 14.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 16 pp. Light fading to wrappers; text evenly toned due to stock, else very good.
Published on the eve of WWII, this White émigré pamphlet expresses general support of the German annexation of Austria in 1938. Written by one of the founders and theorists of the White movement, Vasilii Shul’gin (1878-1976), who draws parallels between the German “reunification” and the Russian annexation of Ukraine in 1654 through a treaty with the head of the Ukrainian Cossacks, Bohdan Khmelnytski. As a monarchist and nationalist with fascist tendencies (Shul’gin especially sympathized with the Italian fascism), Shul'gin's support of “reunification of the German people” was not surprising. At the time of the pamphlet’s publication this view was also typical for some of the elites of the White émigré community, who saw Germany not as a threat but as a potential liberator of Russian from the Bolshevik rule. Shul’gin, along with many émigrés later changed his mind and refused to collaborate with the Germans when they occupied Serbia, his home since 1930, in 1941. As noted by Andre Savine, the work is especially interesting for “reflecting the views of the Russian émigré nationalists on the relationship between Russia and other peoples of the Russian empire, especially the Ukrainians.” In 1944, after Soviet liberation of Serbia, Shul’gin was arrested and brought to the Soviet Union where he served 12 years in prison for taking active part in the White movement. Later in life, Shul’gin claimed that the Bolsheviks were no longer the enemies of Russia because they too became Russian nationalists. Savine 06622. Scarce in the trade. Book ID: P6304