Staline, Dimitrov et le culte de l'individu

Translated title of the contribution: Stalin, Dimitrov and the cult of the individual

Kevin Morgan, Françoise Bouillot (Translator)

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This paper considers the stalinist cult of the individual in its transnational aspect as represented in the figures of Stalin and the Bulgarian Dimitrov. Focusing on the 1930s, it argues that it was not so much the Stalin cult itself which at this stage was generalised through the Comintern, but the wider turn to the heroic within which the cult must be located. Variations in the incidence and character of cultic types and practices are evaluated using the heuristic devices of the integrating and enkindling figure. Using materials from France and Britain, the paper concludes that it was in the Cold War phase of ‘high stalinism’ that a fully stalinised hierarchical system of cults was established on an international scale.
Translated title of the contributionStalin, Dimitrov and the cult of the individual
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)69-88
Number of pages20
JournalMonde(s): histoire, espace, relations
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • Stalinism – Stalinisation – Comintern – Personality Cult – Anti-Fascism


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