Shining Path’s Stalin and Trotsky

  • Gustavo Gorriti


The cult of personality and purges of party leadership are common phenomena in the development of Communist orthodoxy, although they are certainly not the exclusive preserve of the left. Similar developments can be found in fascist movements as well as in many authoritarian governments and their corresponding parties.


Communist Party Cultural Revolution Party Leader Military Government Political Work 
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    Patricio Ricketts, “Tiburón o loma?” Caretas (Lima), 638, March 2, 1981.Google Scholar

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