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Explaining Communist Nostalgia in Romania: Some Empirical Evidence


Language: English
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Page Range: 7-28
No. of Pages: 22
Keywords: , , , ,
Summary/Abstract: At the end of 2009, twenty years after the fall of the communist regime, Romania seems on the verge of probably the deepest economic and social post-communist crisis. In times of crisis, masses tend to act in unexpected ways. They are either more easily allured by authoritarian discourses or more passive politically. In Romania they even show more nostalgia than usual for the recent communist past. Addressing the question of communist nostalgia in Romania, this article tackles questions such as: What is communist nostalgia in Romania? Who shows nostalgia for the communist past? Why does nostalgia for communism occur in Romania? How could this phenomenon be explained? The first part of the article briefly presents the previous interpretations about communist nostalgia in Romania during the last ten years. The second part advances new interpretations as to how Romanians’ communist nostalgia could be explained. The article finds previous explanations of communist nostalgia insufficient, and argues that the lack of a feeling of social welfare explains to a great extent this phenomenon. The conclusions are grounded in data – e.g. interviews with 27 persons and survey of 100 individuals.
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Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Rana Mitter, Ruptured histories: war, memory, and the post-Cold War in Asia (Harvard University Press, 2007)


Language: English
Subject(s): Review
Page Range: 183-187
No. of Pages: 5
Keywords: , , , ,
Summary/Abstract: The volume edited by Jager and Mitter is one of the most fascinating books one may have the chance to find in book stores these days, especially due to the topic approached, topic that concerns both an academic area of Cold War studies usually less investigated and also a geographical area of the world not usually associated with Cold War thinking. This most interesting collection of essays focuses on the social implications of the Cold War and gathers a large group of researchers from various cultural and scientific backgrounds and of various nationalities, as well.
Open access on CEEOL: YES



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