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Author Apor, Balázs,
Title The invisible shining : the cult of Matyas Rakosi in Stalinist Hungary, 1945-1956 / Balazs Apor.
Imprint Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2017.

Author Apor, Balázs,
Subject Rákosi, Mátyás, 1892-1971 -- Public opinion.
Rákosi, Mátyás, 1892-1971 -- Influence.
Cults -- Political aspects -- Hungary -- History -- 20th century.
Public opinion -- Hungary -- History -- 20th century.
Communism -- Hungary -- History -- 20th century.
Nationalism -- Hungary -- History -- 20th century.
Hungary -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 388 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The Stalinist leader cult : origins, interpretations, and functions -- Part I. The construction of the cult -- The chronology of cult construction (1925-1953) -- The institutions and agents of cult construction -- "The biography is a very serious issue" : the role of biographies in constructing the Rakosi cult -- "He was created by a thousand years" : nationalism and the leader cult -- "Comrade Rakosi lives with us" : the visual and the spatial aspects of the Rakosi cult -- Part II. Responses to the cult's expansion -- "Love for Comrade Rakosi has become deeper" : the communicative influence of the cult -- "Death to Uncle Rakosi!" : negative perceptions of the cult -- Ignorance is bliss : popular indifference and the shortcomings of communist propaganda -- Part III. The dismantling of the cult -- The "new course" and the decay of the Rakosi cult, 1953-1956 -- The collapse of the Rakosi cult.
Summary This book offers a detailed analysis of the construction, reception and eventual decline of the cult of the Hungarian Communist Party Secretary, Matyas Rakosi, one of the most striking examples of orchestrated adulation in the Soviet bloc. While his cult never approached the magnitude of that of Stalin, Rakosi?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 Balazs Apor is that the cult of personality is not just a curious aspect of communist dictatorship, it is an essential element of it.0The 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.0The author engages with a wider international literature on Stalinist cults in an impressive manner. Apor uses the case of Rakosi 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.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 11, 2018).
ISBN 9789633861936 (electronic book)
9633861934 (electronic book)
9789633861929 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
OCLC # 974794892
Additional Format Print version: Apor, Balazs. "Invisible shining". Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2017 9789633861929 (DLC) 2017008775.

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