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The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power (The Yale-Hoover Series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War) Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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“Invaluably, Plamper provides a wider framework for considering Socialist Realism, while his history of the Stalin cult of personality and the way that art was organised and controlled under this despotic ruler makes this essential reading for anyone who wants to gain a more profound understanding of the period, the art, and the way it was produced.”—Christina Lodder, Burlington Magazine (Chistina Lodder Burlington Magazine 2013-11-01)
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'A meticulous look at the complex "cult of personality" built around the Soviet dictator during his three decades of power. Making comparisons with other dictators, and even some democratic leaders. Plamper strongly argues that the Stalin cult was perhaps the most well-crafted and most carefully managed in history. For example, the promotion of Stalin's image varied depending upon the degree to he wished to hog or share credit for political, economic, and military developments. Plamper often plunges into quite interesting detail, such as variations in Stalin's apparent age in portraits or propaganda posters, changes in his clothing, and, in a trait he shared with fellow-dictator Hitler, the wearing of just a single medal. A carefully researched, well reasoned, often chilling, and occasionally amusing, look at the iconography of power that throws much light on the man and his regime.'
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