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Europeaness versus National-Communism: United Europe as a gateway to non-alignment for Ceauşescu’s régime
Europeaness versus National-Communism: United Europe as a gateway to non-alignment for Ceauşescu’s régime

Author(s): Cezar Stanciu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: National-Communism; Europe; non-alignment; foreign policy; cooperation; sovereignty; modernization

Summary/Abstract: The National-Communist regime in Romania focused on two primary objectives: a modernization program meant to overcome underdevelopment by a new wave of industrialization and an independent position in the international affairs in order to gain domestic legitimacy and protection against the Soviet control. Ceauşescu’s regime developed an entire concept on the future of Europe, based on the economical cooperation and respect for sovereignty, with the intention to gain support for its major political goals. This study examines Ceauşescu’s concept of Europe and the way he used the non-alignment rhetoric to justify its purposes. “Europe” is an ideological instrument which served for asserting international independence and for granting easy access to technological and financial gateways towards development.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 5-6
  • Page Range: 63-78
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English