Twenty Years of Postcommunism: Citizenship Restored

  title={Twenty Years of Postcommunism: Citizenship Restored},
  author={Vladimir Tismăneanu},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={128 - 135}
The 1989 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe signaled the demise of the communist bloc. They represent the triumph of civic dignity and political morality over ideological monism, bureaucratic cynicism, and police-state dictatorship. Their significance cannot be overestimated. The ousting of communist rule across the region that began that year irrevocably altered the geopolitical landscape. But it also gave rise to a potentially dangerous situation, as the absence of norms and… 
Communism and the Meaning of Social Memory: Towards a Critical-Interpretive Approach
  • C. Tileagă
  • Sociology, Medicine
    Integrative psychological & behavioral science
  • 2012
It is argued that one needs to study formal aspects of social memory as well as “lived”, often conflicting, attitudinal and mnemonic stances and interpretive frameworks to strive to find the meaning of the social memory of communism in the sometimes contradictory, paradoxical attitudes and meanings that members of society communicate, endorse and debate.


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