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Ceaușescu’s regime and the ideological freeze in the middle of spring

Author(s): Cosmin Popa
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul de Istorie Nicolae Iorga
Keywords: Nicolae Ceaușescu, Ideology, Science, Academy of RSR, Academy of Social and Political Sciences, Reform, Romanian Communist Party.

Summary/Abstract: The appearance of the Academy for Social Sciences (ASS) represents the meeting point of several processes that signal the maturation of Romanian communism. The strengthening of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s power meant not only the continuation of the desovietization policy, but also the creation of a Romanian form of communism. Initially, its complexity surpassed the simple assertion of national interests. The end of the 60’s represented, in Ceaușescu’s view, the moment in which one could consider the successes of the efforts to improve the relation with the intellectuals. A period of great reform for communist Romania followed. Among the first measures taken was the extension of the party’s direct authority over social science research. Trying to create a national idea that would combine historical tradition and Marxism-Leninism, science and creation were to be transformed into ideology and propaganda. This has contributed to the birth of a personality cult which had a Stalinist dimension.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 110-129
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Romanian