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Title Remembering communism : private and public recollections of lived experience in Southeast Europe / edited by Augusta Dimou, Maria Todorova, and Stefan Troebst.

Published Budapest : Central European University Press, 2014.


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Leipzig studies on the history and culture of East-Central Europe ; Volume 1
Leipzig studies on the history and culture of East-Central Europe ; v. 1.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. Similar Trajectories, Different Memories / Maria Todorova PART I. THE STATE OF THE ART OF EASTERN EUROPEAN REMEMBRANCE. Experts with a Cause: A Future for GDR History beyond Memory Governance and Ostalgie in Unified Germany / Thomas Lindenberger The Canon of Remembering Romanian Communism: From Autobiographical Recollections to Collective Representations / Christina Petrescu and Dragoş Petrescu How Is Communism Remembered in Bulgaria? Research, Literature, Projects / Iskra Baeva and Petya Kabakchieva The Memory of Communism in Poland / Izabella Main Remembering Dictatorship: Eastern and Southern Europe Compared / Stefan Troebst -- PART II. THINKING THROUGH THINGS: POPULAR CULTURE AND THE EVERYDAY. Communism Reloaded / Milla Mineva Daily Life and Constraints in Communist Romania in the Late 1980s: From the Semiotics of Food to the Semiotics of Power / Smaranda Vultur "Forbidden Images"? Visual Memories of Romanian Communism Before and After 1989 / Simina Bădică Remembering the Private Display of Decorative Things under Communism / Andi Mihalache -- PART III. MEMORIES OF SOCIAL CHILDHOOD. "Loan Memory": Communism and the Youngest Generation / Albena Hranova Talking Memories of the Socialist Age: School, Childhood, Regime / Cătălina Mihalache Withing (and Without) the "Stem Cell" of Socialist Society / Anny Kirlova -- PART IV. WHAT WAS SOCIALIST LABOR?. Remembering Communism: Field Studies in Pernik, 1960-1964 / Tania Boneva "Remembering the Old City, Building a New One": The Plural Memories of a Multiethnic City / Tamás Lönhárt and Virgiliu Ț̦ârău Workers in the Workers̕ State: Industrialization, Labor, and Everyday Life in the Industrial City of Rovinari / Corlina Cimpoieru "We Build for Our Country!" Visual Memories about the Brigadier Movement / Tsvetana Manova -- PART V. THE UNFADING PROBLEM OF THE SECRET POLICE. How Post-1989 Bulgarian Society Perceives the Role of the State Security Service / Iskra Baeva The Afterlife of the Securitate: On Moral Correctness in Postcommunist Romania / Cristina Petrescu Daily Life and Surveillance in the 1970s and 1980s / Smardanda Vultur -- PART VI. THE "CULTURE FRONT" THEN AND NOW. From Memory to Canon: How Do Bulgarian Historians Remember Communism? / Liliana Deyanova Theater Artists and the Bulgarian Authorities in the 1960s: Memories of Conflicts, Conflict of Memories / Natalia Hristova Bulgarian Intellectuals Remember Communist Culture / Vasil Markov "By Their Memoirs You Shall Know Them" : Ivan and Petko Venedikov about Themselves and about Communism / Iliana Marcheva Cum Ira et Studio: Visualizing the Recent Past / Vania Stoyanova -- PART VII. REMEMBERING EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS AND THE "SYSTEM". The Revolution of 1989 and the Rashomon Effect: Recollections of the Collapse of Communism in Romania / Dragoș Petrescu Remembrance of Communism on the Former Day of Socialist Victory: The 9th of September in Ritual Ceremonies of Post-1989 Bulgaria / Nikolai Vukov Remembering the "Revival Process" in Post-1989 Bulgaria / Evgenia Kalinova Websites of Memory: In Search of the Forgotten Past / Cristina Petrescu.
Summary "The volume examines the formation and transformation of the memory of communism in the post-communist period. The majority of the articles focus on memory practices in the post-Stalinist era in Bulgaria and Romania, with occasional references to the cases of Poland and the GDR. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, including history, anthropology, cultural studies and sociology, the volume, examines the mechanisms and processes that influence, determine and mint the private and public memory of communism in the post-1989 era. Common denominator to all essays is the emphasis on the process of remembering in the present, and the modalities by means of which the present perspective shapes processes of remembering, including practices of commemoration and representation of the past. As a result, the analyses point at the sociopolitical factors and societal processes that help construct, transform, stabilize and finally canonize past memory. Due to its interdisciplinary character and the wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches presented, the volume offers a broad and varied kaleidoscope of memorial practices in a variety of milieus of post-communist societies, from school to the internet. The volume deals with eight major thematic blocks revisiting specific practices in communism such as popular culture and everyday life, childhood, labor, the secret police, the perception of 'the system' and others. The analyses highlight occasionally similarities and differences between the two principal case studies, resulting in the end effect in the observation of a significant divergence in the memory of communism between the two neighboring countries"--Provided by publisher.
Other author Dimou, Augusta, editor.
Todorova, Marii︠a︡ Nikolaeva, editor.
Troebst, Stefan, editor.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Communism -- Social aspects -- Europe, Eastern -- History.
Post-communism -- Europe, Eastern.
Collective memory -- Europe, Eastern.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Bulgaria -- History.
Collective memory -- Bulgaria.
Communism -- Social aspects -- Romania -- History.
Collective memory -- Romania.
Europe, Eastern -- Social conditions -- 1989-
Bulgaria -- Social conditions -- 1989-
Romania -- Social conditions -- 1989-
Electronic books.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9633860326 (electronic bk.)
9789633860328 (electronic bk.)
9789633860342 (hardbound)
9633860342 (hardbound)