Author Archives: David Brandenberger

The Stalin Cult—Once More On Weber & Reception

Jan Plamper’s The Stalin Cult has catalyzed a dynamic, wide-ranging set of exchanges in the past week or so on  Russian History Blog.  His responses to the posts—particularly his engagement with Joan Neuberger—have been equally provocative.  Here I’d like to … Continue reading

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The Stalin Cult—Theory, Practice & the ‘Holy Grail of Reception’

I’m pleased to be given the chance to comment on Jan Plamper’s The Stalin Cult, as it is a book that I’ve been waiting to read for some time.1 His subtitle—“a study in the alchemy of power”— invokes a mythical … Continue reading

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