Stalin the Charismatic Leader?: Explaining the ‘Cult of Personality’ as a Legitimation Technique

@article{Strong2011StalinTC,
  title={Stalin the Charismatic Leader?: Explaining the ‘Cult of Personality’ as a Legitimation Technique},
  author={C. Strong and M. Killingsworth},
  journal={Politics, Religion \& Ideology},
  year={2011},
  volume={12},
  pages={391 - 411}
}
This article reassesses Stalin's attempts to construct legitimacy through the development of a ‘cult of personality’, built through an overt co-option of the charismatic authority generated by Lenin's revolutionary leadership. While seemingly counterintuitive, it will be argued that Max Weber's theory of charismatic authority offers a constructive tool with which to examine Stalin's attempt to construct legitimacy through the creation of the ‘cult of personality’. Through the application of… Expand

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