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Bronne Bruzgo Catherine Wanner HIST 142 March 6, 2008 The Lost and the Damned: Personality Cults and Their Effects Leaders have imposed their image on the populations under their influence for thousands of years. Alexander the Great had his likeness stamped on the coins used for currency, and the Roman Emperors followed suit. It was the Soviet Union, however, that brought this practice into the 20 th century. To the populace, Stalin was presented as a god-like figure whose image was found everywhere. Using mass media, Stalin went from a man to an omnipresent, all-knowing and all-powerful deity that was something more than human. This “Cult of Personality,” as it came to be known, spread to other Communist rulers and dictators and established itself as a way of keeping power. A Cult of Personality is one technique that tyrants use to keep order and control over their countries. A Cult of Personality is the process of making a single individual seem god-like. This is done using mass media to the extreme. A modern day example can be found in pre-war Iraq during the 1990s.
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