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Stalinism for all seasons : a political history of Romanian communism /
Vladimir Tismaneanu.
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Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2003.
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xvi, 379 p.
ISBN
0520237471 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2003.
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0520237471 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction : why a history of Romanian communism? -- Understanding national Stalinism : legacies of Ceaușescu's socialism -- A messianic sect : the underground Romanian Communist Party, 1921-1944 -- The road to absolute power : from quasi-monarchy to people's democracy, 1944-1948 -- Stalinism unbound, 1948-1956 -- Aftershocks of the the CPSU's twentieth congress, 1957-1960 -- Opposing Khrushchevism : Gheorghiu-dej and the emergence of national communism, 1960-1965 -- Ceaușescu's dynastic communism, 1965-1989 -- Epilogue : the RCP's afterlife -- Where did all the members go? 1989-2000 -- Appendix : the Romanian Communist Party's leadership : a biographical roster.
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5024093
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Barbara Jelavich Book Prize, USA, 2004 : Won
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"A penetrating and insightful 'deconstruction' of a highly idiosyncratic offspring of the Stalinist era."--Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor, and author ofThe Grand Chessboard "This is the definitive work on Romanian communism, a thoroughly documented and highly readable history, starting with the underground Romanian Communist Party of the l920s and then through the creation of a Stalinist Soviet satellite state in the 1940s and finally to the post-Stalin regime of Gheorghiu-Dej and the militantly Stalinist anti-reform regime of Ceausescu and its violent demise in l989."--Robert C. Tucker, author ofStalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941 "This superb work of scholarship reads like a thriller. Professor Tismaneanu's familiarity with the intricacies of the Stalinist mind, his knowledge of the shadowy players, and his access to never-before studied secret archives, make this book much more than a study of Romanian communism. This is a passionate exploration of the mechanisms of the totalitarian mind and a tragic epic of the corruption of idealism by ruthless power. The Cold War may be over, but the conflicts engagingly narrated here hold universal and timely truths."--Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and author ofit was today: new poems "Tismaneanu does more than analytically dissect the Romanian Communist Party's political odyssey. He inspects and detects its peculiar ethos: the social, psychological, experimental dimensions and political expressions of its pariah self-conception."--Ken Jowitt, author ofNew World Disorder: The Leninist Extinction
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"A penetrating and insightful 'deconstruction' of a highly idiosyncratic offspring of the Stalinist era."--Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor, and author of The Grand Chessboard "This is the definitive work on Romanian communism, a thoroughly documented and highly readable history, starting with the underground Romanian Communist Party of the l920s and then through the creation of a Stalinist Soviet satellite state in the 1940s and finally to the post-Stalin regime of Gheorghiu-Dej and the militantly Stalinist anti-reform regime of Ceausescu and its violent demise in l989."--Robert C. Tucker, author of Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941 "This superb work of scholarship reads like a thriller. Professor Tismaneanu's familiarity with the intricacies of the Stalinist mind, his knowledge of the shadowy players, and his access to never-before studied secret archives, make this book much more than a study of Romanian communism. This is a passionate exploration of the mechanisms of the totalitarian mind and a tragic epic of the corruption of idealism by ruthless power. The Cold War may be over, but the conflicts engagingly narrated here hold universal and timely truths."--Andrei Codrescu, NPR commentator and author of it was today: new poems "Tismaneanu does more than analytically dissect the Romanian Communist Party's political odyssey. He inspects and detects its peculiar ethos: the social, psychological, experimental dimensions and political expressions of its pariah self-conception."--Ken Jowitt, author of New World Disorder: The Leninist Extinction
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-05-01:
Tismaneanu (Univ. of Maryland) provides a sorely needed political history of Romanian communism from the 1920s, when the Romanian Communist Party (RCP) was clandestine, through the years of its governance from 1944 to 1989, to the post-1989 transformation of the RCP's members. The dearth of studies on Romania communism is due, in part, to Romania's seclusion under the Ceausescu regime. Few scholars were granted access to the archives. Tismaneanu's work draws on hitherto classified documents from the archives of the RCP's politburo and secretariat. It consists of seven chapters, an epilogue, biographical roster of key Romanian communists, bibliography, and index. Tismaneanu argues that, unlike other Eastern European countries, Romania has "shunned vital historical soul-searching," and that immediately after the 1989 revolution, "unlike post-Leninist Hungary and Poland, Romania had no enlightened, reform-oriented faction within the party elite to negotiate a transition." The Romanian archives "remain jealously guarded," he asserts, and "the Romanian political imagination has continued to be haunted by unfulfilled desires and vengeful fantasies." This is an indispensable volume for graduate and undergraduate students interested in Eastern European politics and international relations. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. J. Granville Stanford University
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Summaries
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This history of the Romanian Communist Party (RCP) traces its origins as a tiny, clandestine revolutionary organization in the 1920s, to its years in national power from 1944 to 1989, and to the post-1989 metamorphoses.
Long Description
Stalinism for All Seasons is the first comprehensive history of the Romanian Communist Party (RCP). It traces the origins of the once-tiny, clandestine revolutionary organization in the 1920s through the years of national power from 1944 to 1989 to the post-1989 metamorphoses of its members. Vladimir Tismaneanu uses documents that he discovered while working in the RCP archives in Bucharest in the mid-1990s and interviews with many of the party members from the Ceau_escu and Gheorghiu-Dej eras to tell the absorbing story of how RCP members came to power as exponents of Moscow and succeeded in turning themselves into champions of autonomy. Tismaneanu analyzes both the main events in Romanian communism and the role of significant personalities in the party's history. Situating the rise and fall of Romanian communism within the world revolutionary movement, Stalinism for All Seasons shows that the history of communism in one country can illuminate the development of communism in the twentieth century. Tismaneanu discusses significant moments in the final six decades of world communism, including the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Comintern, Stalin and the Bolshevization of the Eastern European communist parties, and de-Stalinization. He examines important events in international affairs during Nicolae Ceau_escu's rule (1965-1989)--particularly Romania's role in the Sino-Soviet conflict, the Middle East, European communism, and European security. Finally, Tismaneanu identifies the RCP's descendants among Romania's current political parties and personalities. Embracing a long and complex period, this book will interest readers of twentieth-century history and anyone curious about communism and postcommunism.
Table of Contents
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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why a History of Romanian Communism?
Understanding National Stalinism: Legacies of Ceausescu's Socialism
A Messianic Sect: The Underground Romanian Communist Party, 1921-1944
The Road to Absolute Power: From Quasi-Monarchy to People's Democracy, 1944-1948
Stalinism Unbound, 1948-1956
Aftershocks of the the CPSU's Twentieth Congress, 1957-1960
Opposing Khrushchevism: Gheorghiu-Dej and the Emergence of National Communism, 1960-1965
Ceausescu's Dynastic Communism, 1965-1989
Epilogue: The RCP's Afterlife: Where Did All The Members Go? 1989-2000
Appendix: The Romanian Communist Party's Leadership: A Biographical Roster
Notes Select
Bibliography
Index
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