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The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power

Jan Plamper

ISBN 10: 0300169523 / ISBN 13: 9780300169522
Published by Yale University Press
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Title: The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of ...

Publisher: Yale University Press

Binding: Hardback

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The Stalin Cult Examining the cultural products and production methods of the Stalin cult, the author reconstructs a hidden history linking artists, party patrons, state functionaries, and ultimately Stalin himself in the alchemical project that transformed a pock-marked Georgian into the embodiment of global communism. Full description

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"The crafting, production, and canonization of Stalin's image was no simple endeavor. It involved technologies that gave Stalin's cult a particularly modern flavor. . . through this alchemy of institutional and individual power did Stalin's personality cult penetrate the psyche of the Soviet citizenry."--Sean Guillory, New Books in Russia and Eurasia--Sean Guillory "New Books in Russia and Eurasia "

"An excellent study which greatly advances our understanding of one of the most important cultural artifacts of the twentieth century."-- Graeme Gill, Russian Review

--Graeme Gill"Russian Review" (06/01/2012)

"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" (11/01/2013)

"A fascinating history of the making and marketing of the Stalinist cult, [characterized by] clarity, sharp analysis, and a deft selection of images and illustrations. . . . A rich, valuable contribution to both modern intellectual history and the history of Russia."--Choice

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Winner of the 2013 University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California and awarded annually by the Association for Salvic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern or Eurasia in the fields of literary and cultural studies.-- (10/21/2013)

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