Lenin Lives!: The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - History - 337 pages
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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 provides a startling answer. Exploring the cult's mystical, historical, and political aspects, Nina Tumarkin demonstrates the galvanizing power of ritual in the establishment of the postrevolutionary regime. In a new Preface and Postscript, she brings the story up to date, considering the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia's new democracy.
  

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Nina Tumarkin is the greatest. Just as in the amazing Living and the Dead she takes something you've observed (Lenin is treated sort of like a saint) but haven't thought deeply about and adds the ... Read full review

Contents

Vladimir Ilich UlianovLenin
24
Lenin and the Bolshevik Myth 19171922
64
Illness and Immortality
112
The Nation Mourns
134
The Body and the Shrine 165
165
Lenins Life After Death
207
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Nina Tumarkin is Professor of History at Wellesley College and a Fellow at the Russian Research Center at Harvard University.

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