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


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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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