Communist regimes, legitimacy and the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe

  title={Communist regimes, legitimacy and the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe},
  author={Monica Ciobanu},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={21 - 3}
  • M. Ciobanu
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Political Science
  • Nationalities Papers
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