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personality cult of brezhnev??

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it is a personality cult
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it isn,t a personality cult
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 11 Dec 2011, 09:04
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Post 13 Mar 2012, 14:44
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I don't think its a personality cult
because the word on the poster is just a part of his speech and the 26th congress of the cpsu
and similar posters were made in Khrushchev and even early gorbachev(1986 or earlier)era
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Feb 2012, 16:12
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Post 13 Mar 2012, 16:23
With all the caustic Brezhnev jokes goin' around 24/7/365?

If he actually tried to have a personality cult, it failed miserably.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 10 Sep 2006, 22:05
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Post 13 Mar 2012, 23:35
No he didn't. Also dude add other options to your polls.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Jun 2006, 15:59
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Post 14 Mar 2012, 10:07
You need to have a personality to have a personality cult.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Oct 2004, 22:04
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Post 14 Mar 2012, 19:34
Brezhnev did have a personality, and like all Soviet leaders (except Andropov and Chernenko) he did have a propagandist-constructed personality cult of sorts, although certainly it was not of the type Stalin had. In fact Brezhnev's charisma and personal charm with colleagues and with foreign leaders were played down in official propaganda, which painted him in a bit more serious light. He was a war veteran, and his recollections of his few military achievements became published as standard reading for military personnel. Like other former Gen Secs, the features of Brezhnev's face shifted slightly depending on which republic the poster or mural was set in, making him look more Slavic, more Asiatic, etc. Generally Brezhnev was portrayed as an able technocrat, calm and capable of solving the country's development needs. Ultimately the weakening cult of personality compared to the days of Stalin was more a sign of the social development of the country and the onset of modernity. In a country as thoroughly educated as the USSR was in the 1960s, it was no longer possible or desirable to present the leader as a godlike superhuman genius of geniuses somehow above everyone else. This was possible, and perhaps necessary, in the USSR of the 1920s and 1930s, where most ordinary people were illiterate peasants and where the Czar and his connection to God were still ingrained on the collective consciousness. Hence I am extremely annoyed at how contemporary academics, apparently engaged with the sociology, still choose to criticize the USSR under Stalin without changing their analytic lenses, criticizing him based on contemporary standards and norms. Of course the personality cult looks ridiculous today, and the fact that it wasn't possible or desirable to carry it forward after Stalin's death is a sign of the real social accomplishments of Stalinist socialism.

KlassWar wrote:
With all the caustic Brezhnev jokes goin' around 24/7/365?


You know, anecdotes aren't necessarily a sign of popular disrespect. Apparently even Brezhnev enjoyed them.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Feb 2012, 16:12
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Post 14 Mar 2012, 20:57
soviet78 wrote:
You know, anecdotes aren't necessarily a sign of popular disrespect. Apparently even Brezhnev enjoyed them.


I know: What I meant is that it doesn't look like a cult of personality at all: If propaganda posters featuring a political leader and official portraits being present in events is a "personality cult", Brezhnev had one...

But so did every political leader in both blocs. Brezhnev's "cult of personality" looks more like regular political PR than an actual, pathological personality cult (like in North Korea or in the Stalin-era USSR).

Brezhnev was somewhat vain: He liked medals, attention and a bit of ego-stroking. But he didn't try to appear as the "superhuman genius of geniusness" or as an infallible leader whose every thought is law. Brezhnev's accomplishments surely were embellished by his propaganda team, but that ain't different from what other political leaders do in either the USSR or the West in order to boost their approval rate.

I'd attribute the apparent cult of personality mostly to tradition: That's how PR campaigns were done, and that's how Leonid Ilich did his.
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