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Invisible Shining: The Cult of Mátyás Rákosi in Stalinist Hungary, 19451956
Contributor(s): Apor, Balazs (Author)

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ISBN: 9633861926     ISBN-13: 9789633861929
Publisher: Central European University Press
OUR PRICE: $105.45  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: December 2017
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | Europe - Austria & Hungary
- Political Science | Political Ideologies - Communism, Post-communism & Socialism
- Religion | Cults
Dewey: 943.905
LCCN: 2017008775
Physical Information: 1.1" H x 6.1" W x 9.1" L (1.65 lbs) 416 pages
- Cultural Region - Central Europe
Features: Bibliography, Index
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Publisher Description:

This book offers a detailed analysis of the construction, reception and eventual decline of the cult of the Hungarian Communist Party Secretary, Mátyás Rákosi, one of the most striking examples of orchestrated adulation in the Soviet bloc. While his cult never approached the magnitude of that of Stalin, Rákosi's ambition to outshine the other "best disciples" and become the best of the best was manifest in his diligence in promoting a Soviet-type following in Hungary. The main argument of Balázs Apor is that the cult of personality is not just a curious aspect of communist dictatorship, it is an essential element of it. The monograph is primarily concerned with techniques and methods of cult construction, as well as the role various institutions played in the creation of mythical representations of political figures. Separate chapters present visual and non-visual methods of cult construction. Apor uses the case of Rákosi to explore how personality cults are created, how such cults are perceived, and how they are eventually unmade. The book addresses the success --generally questionable-- of such projects, as well as their uncomfortable legacies.

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