The development of the Stalin cult

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1924-29: Origins of the cult

  • After Lenin's death in 1924, Stalin assumed a modest image, appearing as a hard-working man of moderation
  • He took on the mantle of Lenin's disciple and servant of the Party; 'Stalin is the Lenin of today' became a commonly-used phrase
  • Tsaritsyn was renamed Stalingrad in his honour in 1925

1929-33: Cult underway

  • For his 50th birthday in 1929, Stalin recieved 350 greetings, including some from nonexistent organisations
  • The length of applause for Stalin at conferences was longer from this point
  • By…

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