The Foreign Desk

Autocracies and the personality cult

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19 August 2017

Episode 189

30 minutes


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In part three of our summer series we explore how autocratic leaders have built a personality cult. We look at the personality traits needed to build one and look at dictators’ legacies once the parades cease and the statues are toppled. Author Kapka Kassabova tells us what it was like to grow up in a place where the leader’s portrait hung in every classroom and shop.

19 August 2017

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