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How Communism Turned into History. Vladimir Tismãneanu as Historian of Romanian Communism
How Communism Turned into History. Vladimir Tismãneanu as Historian of Romanian Communism

Author(s): Dragoş Petrescu, Cristina Petrescu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti

Summary/Abstract: Fifteen years after its collapse, communism has undoubtedly become part or Romania's recent past. Although this period is now the historians' field of research, its study remains indebted to the pre-1989 evaluations made by Western political scientists. Among those who contributed to the understanding or Romanian communism, Vladimir Tismãneanu features prominently. This essay reviews the concepts coined by this author - such as national Stalinism or dynastic communism - and underlines the interpretations he proposed for some particular episodes - such as the power struggle based on three centers or the emergence of Marxism revisionism as the prerequisite for internal liberalization.

  • Issue Year: 5/2005
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 727-732
  • Page Count: 1
  • Language: English