Democracy and Memory: Romania Confronts Its Communist Past

  title={Democracy and Memory: Romania Confronts Its Communist Past},
  author={Vladimir Tismăneanu},
  journal={The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={166 - 180}
  • Vladimir Tismăneanu
  • Published 1 May 2008
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
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… 
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