International Communism and the Cult of the Individual - 
      Kevin Morgan

International Communism and the Cult of the Individual

Leaders, Tribunes and Martyrs under Lenin and Stalin

«“Kevin Morgan has provided us with a masterful analysis of these cults of the individual in international communism between the 1920s and 1956. His history is also an explicitly transnational and comparative one, and he succeeds admirably in demonstrating how valuable such a perspective is in understanding both commonalities and differences in the communist movements of the world. … this book on international communism has a distinct Western-centric focus.” (Stefan Berger, Moving the Social, Vol. 62, 2019)<br />“Kevin Morgan has performed an inestimable service for students of international communism. … as a study of non-Soviet communism, Morgan’s book is excellent. Now that it has been published, one cannot claim to understand communism outside the Soviet Union without having read it and incorporated into one’s own analysis of the phenomenon the many insights it thankfully contains.” (Jay Bergman, English Historical Review HER, Vol. 135(564), October, 2018)<br /><br />“This is a work of con»

This book explores how the communist cult of the individual was not just a Soviet phenomenon but an international one. When Stalin died in 1953, the communists of all countries united in mourning the figure that was the incarnation of their cause. Les mer
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This book explores how the communist cult of the individual was not just a Soviet phenomenon but an international one. When Stalin died in 1953, the communists of all countries united in mourning the figure that was the incarnation of their cause. Though its international character was one of the distinguishing features of the communist cult of personality, this is the first extended study to approach the phenomenon over the longer period of its development in a truly transnational and comparative perspective. Crucially it is concerned with the internationalisation of the Soviet cults of Lenin and Stalin. But it also ranges across different periods and national cases to consider a wider cast of bureaucrats, tribunes, heroes and martyrs who symbolised both resistance to oppression and the tyranny of the party-state. Through studying the disparate ways in which the cults were manifested, Kevin Morgan not only takes in many of the leading personalities of the communist movement, but also some of the cultural luminaries like Picasso and Barbusse who sought to represent them. The cult of the individual was one of the most fascinating, troubling and revealing features of Stalinist communism, and as reconstructed here it offers new insight into one of the defining political movements of the twentieth century.
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Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 363
ISBN: 9781349717781
Format: 21 x 15 cm
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1. Introduction: Wherever a Communist Party is at Work.- 2. Cult Developments, 1917-56.- 3. Cult Variations.- 4. Cults of Office.- 5. Cults of Circumstance.- 6. Cult Representations.- 7. Concluding Reflections: No Saviour from on High?.
Kevin Morgan is Professor of Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Manchester, UK. He has published extensively on the history of the communist movement including the three volumes of his Bolshevism and the British Left (2006-13). He is a founding editor of the journal Twentieth Century Communism.