National ideology under socialism : identity and cultural politics in Ceauşescu's Romania /
Katherine Verdery.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991.
xvi, 406 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. --
0520072162 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1991.
0520072162 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-392) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-02:
The manuscript of this effort to analyze Romania's national ideology, and nationalism as a political concept in general, went to press six weeks before the fall of Ceau,sescu's regime. Even so, Verdery's effort here is indispensable to a clear understanding of national and ethnic conflict not only in Romania, but throughout Eastern and Central Europe, in the wake of the transformation of these previously communist regimes. The author looks carefully at the full historical context of the struggle for national identity in Romania and demonstrates the long-standing confusion over a European versus an intrinsically Romanian nationalism and culture. Verdery lucidly depicts the Ceau,sescu regime's efforts to use communist ideology to incorporate Romanian national identity, while suppressing the long-standing, yet deeply conflicted, traditional national culture. As a result, these national conflicts never were resolved, and moreover, their suppression exacerbated the tensions that may now explode in the coming years. Romania's pattern, and its previous communist regime, are somewhat unique, but the conflicts that have arisen are less so, and are now epidemic throughout Eastern Europe. Essential for all students of European politics.-A. R. Brunello, Eckerd College
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The current transformation of many Eastern European societies is impossible to understand without comprehending the intellectual struggles surrounding nationalism in the region. Anthropologist Katherine Verdery shows how the example of Romania suggests that current ethnic tensions come not from a resurrection of pre-Communist Nationalism but from the strengthening of national ideologies under Communist Party rule.

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