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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Cold War Perceptions

My PhD thesis was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Cold War Perceptions. Romania’s policy change towards the USSR, 1960-1964.

This book investigates Romania’s early 1960s change in policy towards the Soviet Union, focusing on two questions in particular: namely, what actually changed and why this change occurred. Continue reading

The Media vs. Historical Accuracy: How Romania’s Current Communist Trials Are Being Misrepresented

 By Elena Dragomir and Mircea Stănescu

Since the fall of 2014, Romania has received new foreign media attention over a trial that has rekindled interest in the country’s Communist past. However, in so doing, the media has also tended to exaggerate and misrepresent the current proceedings and their significance – and thus has failed to note how Romanian authorities in recent years have actually displayed a general disinterest and incompetence in regards to investigating and prosecuting the crimes of the former communist governments. 

The following analysis, written with Mircea Stanescu, sheds new light on the current trial, in the context of its deeper historical context, and its implications for current politics and future interest in addressing communist-era crimes against the Romanian people.

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Hotel Intercontinental in Bucharest: competitive advantage for the socialist tourist industry in Romania

Hotel Intercontinental Bucuresti

Hotel Intercontinental in Bucharest

In August 2014, Routledge published Competition in Socialist Society, a book of essays edited by Katalin Miklóssy and Melanie Ilic. The book explores how the concept of competition, which is usually associated with market economies, 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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Crearea CAER văzută din arhivele românești

The creation of the CMEA as seen from the Romanian archives

(For English see below!) coverRecent am publicat în jurnalul Historical Research un articol intitiulat The creation of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance as seen from the Romanian archives. El dezvoltă o teză pe care am prezentat-o pentru prima data într-un articol publicat în 2012 în Journal of Cold War Studies, potrivit căreia România a fost unul dintre inițiatorii fondării CAER. 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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Apariţie editorială. Relaţiile România-U.R.S.S.-Iugoslavia, 1954-1964

Mihai Croitor & Sanda Borşa,Triunghiul suspiciunii. Gheorghiu-Dej, Hruşciov şi Tito, 1954-1964, Cluj-Napoca, Mega, 2014, 244 pagini (vol. I),  540 de pagini (vol. al II-lea).

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