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

  title={Stalin the Charismatic Leader?: Explaining the ‘Cult of Personality’ as a Legitimation Technique},
  author={Carol Strong and M. Jimmie Killingsworth},
  journal={Politics, Religion \& Ideology},
  pages={391 - 411}
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