First published in 1923 in the magazine Prozhektor No. 21.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, pages 501-502.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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People’s Commissariat of Nationalities
May 31, 1921
I have arranged for publication of a school atlas (in Petrograd).
It would be extremely important to include maps of imperialism.
Would you not undertake this?
(1) colonial possessions 1876–1914–1921, adding or specially shading off semi-colonial countries (Turkey, Persia, China, and so forth).
(2) Brief statistics of colonies and semi-colonies.
(3) Map of financial dependencies. For example, for each country ± with a figure (millions or milliards of francs) of how much this country owes, and how much it is owed;
also comparatively for 1876–1914–1921
(if 1876 be taken as the culminating point of pre– monopoly capitalism).
(4) Railways of the world, with a note, in each country, showing to whom most of them belong (British, French, North America, etc.).
Will this prove too much of a mixture? Convenient forms can be found, with what matters, what predominates noted very briefly.
(5) The main sources of those raw materials over which there is a struggle (oil, ores, etc.)—also with notes (% or millions of francs belong to such-and-such a country).
We must without fail include maps of this kind in the textbooks, of course with a brief explanatory text.
A statistical assistant can be given you for the auxiliary work.
Please reply whether you undertake this, how and when.
With communist greetings,
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Pavlovich, M. P. (Veltman, M. L.) (1871–1929)—Social– Democrat, Menshevik. He became a Communist after 1917, and from 1921 was a member of the Collegium of the Commissariat for Affairs of Nationalities.
 Reference is to the preparations for the publication of the Vsemirny geografichesky atlas (Geographical Atlas of the World), launched on Lenin’s initiative. The project was not realised.