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Stalin's WorldDictating the Soviet Order$
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Sarah Davies and James Harris

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300182811

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300182811.001.0001

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The Leader Cult

The Leader Cult

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Stalin's World

Sarah Davies

James Harris

Yale University Press

This chapter considers Stalin’s approach to his own burgeoning leader cult. The existence of the cult in a nominally Marxist, collectivist state created the potential for considerable ideological and political tension. While Stalin tacitly promoted the cult, he made a point of describing it as a concession to popular tradition, criticizing its excesses, and insisting that cultic texts remained within acceptable parameters. The chapter focuses on specific case studies, including Stalin’s biography, and the various ways his image was projected in major Soviet political rituals and ceremonies.

Keywords:   Stalin, Bolshevik party, leader cult, biography, slogans, rituals, receptions, place names

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