Modern Romania

Modern Romania

by Tom Gallagher
     
 

Since the 1989 fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, Romania, arguably the most regimented of states in the Soviet bloc, has struggled with the transition from totalitarian state to democratic nation. In this insightful examination of modern Romania, Tom Gallagher provides an overview of Romania’s unique political and social history, focusing on both its

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Overview

Since the 1989 fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, Romania, arguably the most regimented of states in the Soviet bloc, has struggled with the transition from totalitarian state to democratic nation. In this insightful examination of modern Romania, Tom Gallagher provides an overview of Romania’s unique political and social history, focusing on both its national identity as well as the legacy of Soviet rule. Gallagher provides an in-depth look at Romania since 1989, focusing on the government’s attempts at economic reform, engagement with democracy, problems with corruption among the ruling elite, as well as the weakness of civil society and the resilience of implacable expressions of nationalism. Ultimately, Gallagher argues that thus far democracy has essentially failed in Romania. In fact, he warns that Romania is on its way to becoming one of the most unequal states in Europe and quite possibly a future trouble-spot unless efforts to resume much-needed reforms are undertaken.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814731727
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
1.13(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Biographies
Acronyms

Maps

Introduction

Chapters

CONTENTS

1. Democracy constrained by Backwardness, 1866–1945

2. Return to Underdevelopment: the Imposition and Consequences of Communist Rule, 1945–1989

3. Comrades Discard the Ideology but Conserve

4. Romania Adrift, 1992–1996

5. ‘In Office but not in Power’: Constantinescu’s Honeymoon, 1996–1998

6. A Broken-backed Coalition

7. Staggering to the Finishing Line

8. Taking Things to Extremes: the 2000 Elections and their Outcome

9. A Messiah for Romania? Corneliu Vadim Tudor and the Greater Romania Party

10. Looters of the State by Appointment of Brussels: Return of the Social Democrats, 2001–2003

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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