Marxism‐Leninism as a political religion

  title={Marxism‐Leninism as a political religion},
  author={K Riegel},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  pages={126 - 97}
  • K. Riegel
  • Published 1 June 2005
  • Political Science
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
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