The Leader Cult in Communist Dictatorships

Stalin and the Eastern Bloc

  • Balázs Apor
  • Jan C. Behrends
  • Polly Jones
  • E. A. Rees

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The Making of the Cult: Methods and Individuals

  4. The Functions of the Leader Cult

  5. Beyond Moscow: The Cult’s Peripheries

  6. The Dilemmas of De-Stalinisation: Change and Continuity in Leader Cult Patterns in the Post-Stalin Period

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-298

About this book


The first book to analyze the distinct leader cults that flourished in the era of 'High Stalinism' as an integral part of the system of dictatorial rule in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Fifteen studies explore the way in which these cults were established, their function and operation, their dissemination and reception, the place of the cults in art and literature, the exportation of the Stalin cult and its implantment in the communist states of Eastern Europe, and the impact which de-Stalinisation had on these cults.


communism dictatorship Europe Poland Soviet Union Stalin Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Vladimir Lenin

Editors and affiliations

  • Balázs Apor
    • 1
  • Jan C. Behrends
    • 2
  • Polly Jones
    • 3
  • E. A. Rees
    • 1
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Herder-InstitutMarburgGermany
  3. 3.School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES-UCL)UK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51714-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51821-6
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