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"The National Romanian Memory. Genesis and Discursive Transformations of the National Past"

Author(s): Bogdan Caranfilof
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, History, Social Sciences
Published by: Editura Universitatii LUCIAN BLAGA din Sibiu
Keywords: collective memory; nation-building; national identity; history textbooks; discourse;

Summary/Abstract: Mihai Stelian Rusu’s book, Romanian National Memory. The Discursive Making and Remakings of the National Past, published at the European Institute in 2015, which forms the subject-matter of this review, constitutes a substantial contribution to the scholarship focused on the Romanian politics of the past. Grounded in solid scholarship, the book examines the avatars of the Romanian collective memory in conjunction with Romanian identity, discovered and rescaled in relation to the requirements of the eras it went through. The book’s centerpiece – its pièce de résistance – consists in an analysis of history textbooks under many aspects, from the moment of their appearance to present day, accompanied by a sensible presentation of political and cultural contexts that have made them possible. For these reasons, the work is a solid reflection on the concept of nation and the phenomena that permanently accompany it.

  • Issue Year: 43/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 191-197
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Romanian