Democracy and Memory: Romania Confronts Its Communist Past

@inproceedings{Tismneanu2008DemocracyAM,
  title={Democracy and Memory: Romania Confronts Its Communist Past},
  author={Vladimir Tismăneanu},
  year={2008}
}
All postcommunist societies face major dilemmas in confronting their traumatic past. A functional democracy cannot be based on lies, denial, and amnesia. Romania's exit from communism has resulted in a hybrid quasi-democratic regime, with former communists like Ion Iliescu maintaining influential positions and opposing a genuine break with the past. In 2006, President Traian Basescu established a Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in Romania; the author of… CONTINUE READING

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