Toponymy and the Communist city: Street names in Bucharest, 1948–;1965

  title={Toponymy and the Communist city: Street names in Bucharest, 1948–;1965},
  author={Duncan Light and Ionel Nicolae and Bogdan Suditu},
Past studies of the Socialist/Communist city have paid only limited attention to the ways in which Communist regimes mobilised a wide variety of symbols in the urban landscape in order to legitimate and institutionalise the ideology of revolutionary socialism. This paper considers the role of street names in this process with particular reference to Bucharest, Romania during the 1948–;1965 period. When the Communist regime came to power it embarked on widespread renaming of streets as one means… 

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  • M. Rusu
  • Sociology
    Social Change Review
  • 2020
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