The personality cults of Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev

Why did leaders have personality cults?
cults? Hated religion but understood it's power, made cults to look Godlike: wise, humane, benevolent.
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What was the cult of Stalin?
Empathised that he was the one true ruler of USSR bc he was 'Lenin of today' = visionary, leading way to socialism. Presented as 'vozdh' = leader w/ ultimate authority who lead USSR to victory in WW2
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How was the cult of Stalin achieved?
Manipulated history to suggest that Stalin & Lenin led revolution together since 1917. 1930+ history rewritten, stressing Stalin's leading role & how bad Trotsky was.
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What was the cult of Khrushchev?
Presented as: - disciple of Lenin who was completing his journey - hero of WW2 - an authority in art, science, literature, industry & agriculture - reformer who was perfecting S.U.
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What was the cult of Brezhnev?
Presented as: - true Leninist who continued his work - hero who fought in WW2 - dedicated to piece via detente - man of the ppl who began career in industry.
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Empathised that he was the one true ruler of USSR bc he was 'Lenin of today' = visionary, leading way to socialism. Presented as 'vozdh' = leader w/ ultimate authority who lead USSR to victory in WW2

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