Communism in retrospect: The rhetoric of historical representation and writing the collective memory of recent past

  title={Communism in retrospect: The rhetoric of historical representation and writing the collective memory of recent past},
  author={Cristian Tileagă},
  journal={Memory Studies},
  pages={462 - 478}
  • C. Tileagă
  • Published 19 February 2012
  • Sociology
  • Memory Studies
Using a case study of official representation of communism in Romania, this article addresses the rhetoric of historical representation and some of the ways in which the collective memory of communism is managed in the context of how post-communist democracies reckon with former regimes. It specifically centres on the public accomplishment of coming to terms with the past in the ‘Tismăneanu Report’ condemning communism in Romania. Using an ethnomethodologically inspired critical analysis, the… 
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