Stalin’s Cult of Personality: Its Origins and Progression

The York Historian

Nikita Khrushchev’s ‘Secret Speech’ given at the Twentieth Party Congress in February 1956 denounced Josef Stalin for “[perverting] Party principles” by creating a “cult of the person of Stalin”. Though the term ‘cult of personality’ was coined in the 19th century, it was popularised in its use as a referral to Josef Stalin’s regime. For me, ‘cult of personality’ means the veneration of one omnipotent, infallible leader – a belief ingrained in society, visually and culturally. Autocratic totalitarianism, enshrined in propaganda. This article will take us through an analysis of how Stalin established and maintained a cult of personality, touching on how successful it was.

Establishing a ‘Cult of Personality’ – the legacy of autocracy

Looking backwards from the rule of Stalin, to Lenin and the Tsarist regime, it is clear that modern Russia had a history of autocratic rule, making it easier for Stalin to establish himself as…

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5 thoughts on “Stalin’s Cult of Personality: Its Origins and Progression

  1. Stalin’s and the Church’s totalitarian control of science merged after WWII into a ~500 year (1543-2015) effort to avoid public knowledge that “God” uses the Sun to make and sustain every atom, life and planet in the Solar System.

    The above conclusion is based in large part on records my research mentor (Dr. Kazuo Kuroda) and a few others retained about the end of WWII.

    See Stalin’s science

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281017812_STALIN'S_SCIENCE

    https://brittius.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/dr-o-manuel-ph-d-stalins-science/

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