A tale of two presidents: personality cult and symbolic nation-building in Turkmenistan

  title={A tale of two presidents: personality cult and symbolic nation-building in Turkmenistan},
  author={A. Polese and Slavom{\'i}r Hor{\'a}k},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={457 - 478}
This article proposes a comparison of the attitudes of the first and second presidents of Turkmenistan to discuss possible overlap between personality cult, as it has been initiated and developed by the two presidents after independence, and nation-building narratives in the country. Nation-building in post-Soviet spaces has been studied comprehensively, but this paper is distinguished by two interpretative frameworks. First, this article is possibly the first comparison of personality cult as… Expand
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