Book review: Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: A Continent Transformed, by Christopher Deliso, Praeger, 2017, 296 pages.

Book review: Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: A Continent Transformed, by Christopher Deliso, Santa Barbara, Denver, Praeger Security International, 2017, 296 pages.  

In 2015 alone, the migration crisis brought over one million asylum seekers to Europe – some of them war refugees, others economic migrants and others agents of different terrorist entities, the Islamic State included. Probably even more disturbing than their sheer number is the fact that many of them entered Europe with false documents or without any kind of papers at all, which raises tremendous security risks for the future. And it also raises questions related to the economic, social, cultural and political capacity of the European Union (and of European states in general) to manage this flow of migrants, and to understand the consequences and global ramifications of their presence on the continent.

Although this was not the first time Europe faced a wave of asylum seekers, the 2015 migration crisis seemed to have affected the continent to an unprecedented degree, and the main question is: what made this refugee crisis so different? Tackling this question in his recent book – Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: A Continent Transformed (Praeger Security International, 2017) – American analyst Christopher Deliso provide us with valuable and fresh insights into the dynamics and the long-term political, economic and security implications of the 2015-2016 European migration crisis. Continue reading

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De unde venim şi încotro ne îndreptăm? ,,În şalvari şi cu işlic…”, Constanţa Vintilă-Ghiţulescu

Constanţa Vintilă-Ghiţulescu, ,,În şalvari şi cu işlic: Biserică, sexualitate, căsătorie şi divorţ în Ţara Românească a secolului al XVIII-lea”, ediţia a II-a, revăzută şi adăugită, Humanitas, 2011

salvariPublicat pentru prima dată în 2004, volumul ,,În şalvari şi cu işlic: Biserică, sexualitate, căsătorie şi divorţ în Ţara Românească a secolului al XVIII-lea” i-a adus autoarei, Constanţa Vintilă-Ghiţulescu, o serie de importante premii, între care premiul Prometeus al revistei România Literară, premiul Nicolae Bălcescu al Academiei Române sau premiul de debut al Uniunii Scriitorilor. Continue reading

Review on Elena Dragomir, “Romania’s participation in the Agricultural Conference in Moscow, 2-3 February 1960”

Elena Dragomir, “Romania’s participation in the Agricultural Conference in Moscow, 2-3 February 1960.”  Cold War History 13:3 (August 2013):331-351.  DOI:  10.1080/14682745.2013.768068.

Review by Mihai Croitor, Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania

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Suvi Kansikas: Socialist Countries Face the European Community. Soviet Bloc Controversies over the East-West Trade

Suvi's book

My friend and former colleague from the University of Helsinki recently published her first author-book, based on her PhD thesis.

Socialist Countries Face the European Community. Soviet Bloc Controversies over the East-West Trade, Peter Lang Edition, 2014, 226 pages, ISBN: 978-3-631-64802-5 (print), E-ISBN: 978-3-653-03669-5 (e-book).

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Sofi Oksanen şi „Ziua când au dispărut porumbeii”. O recenzie

Sofi Oksanen, „Ziua când au dispărut porumbeii”, Polirom, 2013.

O dublă dezamăgire însoţeşte această lectură. Prima ţine de performanţa scriitoarei. Cea de-a doua este legată de traducerea stângace, pe care totuşi Polirom a considerat de cuviinţă să o publice. Continue reading

Competition in Socialist Society

Competition in socialist society

Edited by Katalin Miklossy and Melanie Ilic

Routledge, 2014 (August), 224 pages – Available for pre-order

Series: Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe

The concept of “competition” is usually associated with market economies, but this book explores how competition operated under state socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, where the socialist system, based on command economic planning and state-centred control over society, was supposed to emphasise “co-operation”, rather than competitive mechanisms.
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Cold War perceptions: Romania’s policy change towards the USSR, 1960-1964

Elena Dragomir, Cold War Perceptions: Romania’s policy change towards the Soviet Union, 1960-1964, Helsinki University Printing House, Helsinki 2014

Dragomir_cover ISBN 978-952-10-9682-2 (paperback)

ISBN 978-952-10-9683-9 (PDF)

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