New official ideology in the USSR of the 1930s insisted on its being identical to Bolshevism and to Leninism, but in reality its distinctive traits are of such an importance as to constitute a new formation, describable as the Stalinist ideological formation. The General Secretary plays a decisive role in its formation, part of which includes “proletarianization” of the party, of the state apparatus and of culture. Although the influence of Stalinism operates quite beyond the frontiers of the USSR and beyond the years 1930–1953, this work focuses on that period in the USSR, particularly up to 1941.
Bettelheim, C. (2001), "Stalinist ideological formation: Absolute general secretary and the proletarian fetish", Zarembka, P. (Ed.) Marx's Capital and Capitalism; Markets in a Socialist Alternative (Research in Political Economy, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 233-289. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0161-7230(01)19009-7Download as .RIS
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