Communism, Post-Communism and Democracy: The Great Shock at the End of a Short Century

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A leader of "the new Europe" offers a unique perspective on recent history.

A stalwart ally and strategic partner in the war against terror and a new member of NATO, Romania with its vibrant democracy and robust economy is a far different place than it was in mid-twentieth century. According to some analysts, the twentieth century was a "short century" spanning the years from the outbreak of World War I in 1914 to the fall of Soviet-style Communism in 1991. It was nevertheless ...

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Overview

A leader of "the new Europe" offers a unique perspective on recent history.

A stalwart ally and strategic partner in the war against terror and a new member of NATO, Romania with its vibrant democracy and robust economy is a far different place than it was in mid-twentieth century. According to some analysts, the twentieth century was a "short century" spanning the years from the outbreak of World War I in 1914 to the fall of Soviet-style Communism in 1991. It was nevertheless one of the most dynamic and dramatic centuries in the history of civilization, featuring two world wars of unprecedented atrocity, the rise of Fascism, state Communism, the fall of the colonial empires, the Cold War, and the global confrontation of two opposing political systems. This book depicts, from the uniquely personal perspective of Ion Iliescu, former president of Romania, some of the historical drama of that "short century."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335508
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Series: East European Monographs
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Ion Iliescu is the president of Romania.

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Table of Contents

Political history through biographical references and hypostases 25
An almost usual biography, but how usual? 43
The essence of the pro-national positions of Gheorghiu-Dej and Nicolae Ceausescu 84
On Ceausescu's so-called "July theses" and the label of "intellectualism" 127
Under the pretence of "independence from Moscow", both Dej and Ceausescu defended in fact their own positions 159
The revolution of December 1989, the first organs of state power - the National Salvation Front Council (NSFC), the Provisional Council for National Unity (PCNU); the multi-party system, free elections, convulsions 186
From demolition to reconstruction and reconciliation : reforms looking into the future; quests and clarifications on the fly 229
The relations with the intellectual world 265
Constitutional normality, democratic exercise, stands and ideas crystallizing; swarms of butterflies attracted to the "lamp of power" 288
Although efficient in the field of economic development, the market economy does not solve the social problem on its own : the world before and after September 11, 2001 327
Politicizing without conviction or morals is a nonsense 357
Integration and globalization in the light of the European social and economic model 379
Annex 1 The National Salvation Front Council's Communique to the country 409
Annex 2 Communique 413
Decree-law regarding the setting up, the structure and the functioning of the National Salvation Front Council and of the territorial Councils of the National Salvation Front 415
Annex 3 Transcript of the talks with the leaders of the Christian-Democratic National Peasant Party, the National Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party 420
Annex 4 Communique on the setting up of the PCNU 444
Decree-law on the setting up of the Provisional Council for National Unity 445
Decree-law on the composition of the Provisional Council for National Unity and of its Executive Bureau, as well as of the specialist Commissions of the Council 447
Annex 5 Excerpts from the minutes of the discussion with the members of the Parliamentary Commission investigating the events of June 13-15, 1990 453
Annex 6 Excerpts from the minutes of the discussion with the members of the Senatorial Commission for the investigation of the events of December 1989 478
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