Confronting Romania's Communist Past: A Response to Charles King

  title={Confronting Romania's Communist Past: A Response to Charles King},
  author={Vladimir Tismăneanu},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={724 - 727}
The report of the Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in România, issued in December 2006, is the most serious attempt to understand România's communist experience ever produced. Coordinated by the American political scientist Vladimir Tismaneanu, the report covers virtually every aspect of communism as a lived system, from the installation of Communist Party officials during the postwar occupation, through the instruments of coercion, to the fate of religious… 
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