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By Balázs Apor, Jan C. Behrends, Polly Jones, E. A. Rees (eds.)

The first ebook to investigate the particular chief cults that flourished within the period of 'High Stalinism' as a vital part of the method of dictatorial rule within the Soviet Union and jap Europe. Fifteen experiences discover the way those cults have been demonstrated, their functionality and operation, their dissemination and reception, where of the cults in artwork and literature, the exportation of the Stalin cult and its implantment within the communist states of japanese Europe, and the influence which de-Stalinisation had on those cults.

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The experience of the Soviet communist regime suggests that symbolic attachment was very important in the Stalin era. In the 1920s and 1930s, against a background of mass privation, there was a low level of consensus regarding the ideological and programmatic objectives of the regime. The war and post-war reconstruction changed things in important regards – it created a greater willingness on the part of the population to accept privations, as part of the price of victory and for the restoration of the economy, and strengthened symbolic attachment to the regime.

1961); Maureen Perrie, Pretenders and Popular Monarchism in Early Modern Russia (Cambridge, 1995). 38. See Jadwiga Koralewiz, Ireneusz Bialecki and Margaret Wade (eds) Crisis and Transition: Polish Society in the 1980s (London, 1987). 39. N. Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope (Harmondsworth, 1971), pp. 149–50. Nadezhda Mandelstam recalls how at moments her husband, the poet Osip Mandelstam, was beset by doubts as to his own previously intransigent opposition to the Soviet regime. 40. N. S. Timasheff, The Great Retreat: The Growth and Decline of Communism in Russia (New York, 1946); E.

He expressed irritation especially when these occurred at meetings of leading party workers, whom he felt were clapping rather than taking party matters seriously. 26 After A. A. Zhdanov had introduced him at a meeting of workers in the defence industry in June 1934, there were the usual stormy applause and ovations, to which Stalin responded ‘it always happens like this with us – when they want to turn a serious matter into a joke, they start to applaud’. He continued: You are very kindly disposed towards your vozhdi – however damned they may be – and welcome them with applause.

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