Cult and Anti­cult: Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky in the 1920s

Socialist History Society Public Meeting
Saturday 27th January 2018 2.00pm
37a Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU
nearest tube Farringdon

Speaker: Prof Kevin Morgan

The communist cult of the individual was not just a Soviet phenomenon but an international one. When Stalin died in 1953, the communists of all countries united in mourning the figure that was the incarnation of their cause. Though its international character was one of the distinguishing features of the communist cult of personality, this is the first extended study to approach the phenomenon over the longer period of its development in a truly transnational and comparative perspective.
Through studying the disparate ways in which the cults were manifested, Kevin Morgan not only takes in many of the leading personalities of the communist movement, but also some of the cultural luminaries like Picasso and Barbusse who sought to represent them.

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