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Lenin Lives!

Lenin Lives!

The Lenin Cult in Soviet Russia, Enlarged Edition

Nina Tumarkin

ISBN 9780674524316

Publication date: 04/25/1997

Was the deification of Lenin a show of spontaneous affection—or a planned political operation designed to solidify the revolution with the masses? This book provides a startling answer. Exploring the cult’s mystical, historical, and political aspects, Tumarkin demonstrates the galvanizing power of ritual in the establishment of the post-revolutionary regime. In a new Preface and Postscript, she brings the story up to date, considering the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia’s new democracy.


  • There were important reasons for embalming Lenin, and they are thoroughly and meticulously described in Nina Tumarkin’s book. This is an exquisite work which might be variously labeled a study in the sociology of religion or in the political and ideological history of the Soviet Union. It analyzes in great detail the emergence, development, and significance of the quasi-religious, state-imposed cult of Lenin in the history of Soviet ideology and institutions...Vivid, learned, and elegant.

    —Leszek Kolakowski, New Republic


  • Nina Tumarkin is Professor of History at Wellesley College and a Fellow at the Russian Research Center at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 315 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press