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Lenin Lives!: The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia

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Lenin Lives!

The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia

By Nina Tumarkin

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Format: Paperback / softback, 376 pages, Enlarged Edition
Other Information: 27 halftones, notes, bibliography, index
Published In: United States, 07 May 1997
Was the deification of Lenin a show of spontaneous affection, or a planned political operation designed to solidify the revolution with the masses? This book aims to provide the answer. Exploring the cults mystical, historical, and political aspects, the book attempts to demonstrate the galvanizing power of ritual in the establishment of the postrevolutionary regime. In a new section the author includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia's new democracy.

Table of Contents

Russian roots of the Lenin cult; Vladimir Ilich Ulianov-Lenin; Lenin and the Bolshevik myth; illness and immortality; the nation mourns; the body and the shrine; Lenin's life after death.

EAN: 9780674524316
ISBN: 0674524314
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Dimensions: 23.44 x 15.54 x 2.34 centimetres (0.49 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years


Neither a work of hagiography nor part of the trend of debunking historiography, this work sets itself a far more sophisticated task. The aim is to dig deep under the veneer of political resolutions and rhetoric of Soviet life to understand both the world view of the venerated (Lenin until his death in January 1924, and then the mythic elements of the Soviet order that he came to represent), and the motivations and belief systems of the venerators, that is, what used to be called the masses...The book overall is a stimulating and remarkably well-written analysis of an important phenomenon. Neither hagiography nor demonology (although the two usually march hand in hand), the work provides a balanced and enjoyable discussion of a facet of the Soviet experience that places the rest in perspective.--Richard Sakwa "Labour History Review [UK] "

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