ISBN-10:
0300169523
ISBN-13:
9780300169522
Pub. Date:
01/17/2012
Publisher:
Yale University Press
The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power

The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power

by Jan Plamper
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Overview

Between the late 1920s and the early 1950s, one of the most persuasive personality cults of all times saturated Soviet public space with images of Stalin. A torrent of portraits, posters, statues, films, plays, songs, and poems galvanized the Soviet population and inspired leftist activists around the world. In the first book to examine the cultural products and production methods of the Stalin cult, Jan Plamper reconstructs a hidden history linking artists, party patrons, state functionaries, and ultimately Stalin himself in the alchemical project that transformed a pock-marked Georgian into the embodiment of global communism. Departing from interpretations of the Stalin cult as an outgrowth of Russian mysticism or Stalin's psychopathology, Plamper establishes the cult's context within a broader international history of modern personality cults constructed around Napoleon III, Mussolini, Hitler, and Mao. Drawing upon evidence from previously inaccessible Russian archives, Plamper's lavishly illustrated and accessibly written study will appeal to anyone interested in twentieth-century history, visual studies, the politics of representation, dictator biography, socialist realism, and real socialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300169522
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Yale-Hoover Series on Authoritarian Regimes
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


Jan Plamper is Dilthey Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

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