Balázs Apor specializes in the history of East-Central Europe under communism, especially on the leader cult. He has co-edited two volumes, including The Leader Cult in Communist Dictatorships: Stalin and the Eastern Bloc (2004), and The Sovietization of Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on the Postwar Period (2008). He is currently at work on a monograph on the leader cult of the Hungarian Stalinist Mátyás Rákosi.
How Apor came to the study of communist leader cults (1:00)
How the assessment of Rákosi’s legacy has changed (or not) since 1956 (4:00)
On the challenges of doing research on Rákosi's leader cult and what Apor found in his research that surprised him (11:15)
Comparison of Rákosi to other leaders like Miklós Horthy and Imre Nagy in terms of leader cults (29:25)