History of Communism in Europe. A New Journal in Comparative Politics

From 2006 to 2009, the Institute for the Investigation of the Communist Crimes in Bucharest has published its yearbook only for the Romanian readers. The Institute has marked its fifth anniversary and its change in the scholarly leadership by launching the international series of the journal under a new title and format: History of Communism in Europe (HCE). This periodical provides an interdisciplinary forum for explorations in the multifaceted history of the Communist regimes in Romania, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere. HCE aims to attract Romanian and international scholars interested in the history and the memory of the far-left ideologies, which have preceded, coincided with, and followed in the wake of the Cold War.

The editors encourage original contributions regarding the largely unknown or under-studied aspects of the Communist past in Europe. All articles are blind-refereed, except when invited. The first issue published by Zeta Books discusses the theme of Memory, Nostalgia, and Historical Past.

Future issues will deal with:
  • The interaction between Communist ideology and society, economy, education, culture, and religion.
  • Intellectual life under Communist dictatorship.
  • The study of the repressive mechanisms.
  • The impact of ideological radicalism on public policy, political attitudes, and decision-making between 1945-1989.
  • The contemporary revival of far-left ideologies in the Western hemisphere, Russia and elsewhere.
  • Ethnic minorities under Communist ideologies.
HCE promotes original scholarship that demonstrates an awareness of the methodological problems raised by the study of totalitarianism. A special feature of the journal will be its Book Review section. The contributor of a study, article or review-article receives a copy of the journal issue. The authors may purchase additional copies or offprints. The studies, articles and reviews which have been accepted and published become the property of the Journal, and permission to republish must be obtained from the editors.

The books sent for reviewing purposes may belong to the author of the book-review, after its publication.
All catalogues, brochures and leaflets from the academic publishers may be sent to the address below. Also, books for review should be sent to:
IICCMERHistory of Communism in Europe Str. Alecu Russo 13-19, apt. 11, sector 2, Bucharest, Romania
First issue: HCE 1 (2010) - Politics of Memory in Post-communist Europe

Politics of Memory in Post-communist Europe

Mihail Neamțu: Studying Communism in Eastern Europe: Moral Clarity, Conceptual Diversity, and Interdisciplinary Methodology 
I. Miscellanea 
Vladimir Tismăneanu: Coming to Terms with a Traumatic Past: Reflections on Democracy, Atonement, and Memory 
Paul Hollander: Political Pilgrimages: Their Meaning, Aftermath, and Linkages 
Brendan Purcell: Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Overcoming Personal, Political and Historical Amnesia Through Literary-Aesthetic Anamnesis 
Jean-Claude Polet: Histoire, Mémoire et Eschatologie 
John Ely: Re-Membering Romania:A Ghost Story 
II. Memory in museums and memorials 
Radostina Sharenkova: Forget-Me(-Not): Visitors and Museum Presentations about Communism before 1989 
Simina Bădică: The Black Hole Paradigm. Exhibiting Communism in Post-Communist Romania 
III. Artistic portrayals of memory 
Masumi Kameda: Collective Memory of Communism in Croatia since 1994: Comparative Analysis of Contemporary Arts and National Narratives 
Oana Popescu-Sandu: “Something Nice to Remember”. Silence and Memory Between Generations in Two Gulag Films
Caterina Preda: Looking at the Past Through an Artistic Lens: Art of Memorialization 
IV. Remembering Communism in Central and Eastern Europe
Ina Dimitrova: How We Raised a Monster: Constructing the Image of Socialism During the Post-Socialist Period in Bulgaria 
Sergiu Gherghina: Attitudes towards the Communist Past in Five Central and Eastern European Countries 
Anastas Vangeli: Facing the Yugoslav Communist Past in Contemporary Macedonia: Tales of Continuity, Nostalgia and Victimization 
Lori Amy: Re-Membering in Transition: The Trans-national Stakes of Violence and Denial in Post-Communist Albania 
Peter Ulrich Weiss: Revolution without revolutionaries?On the debate about the nature of the upheaval in 1989-90 in the GDR and its protagonists as seen in the context of its 20th anniversary
Meike Wulf: Politics of History in Estonia: Changing Memory Regimes 1987-2009 
V. Reviews 
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Le jeune Staline (Ștefan Bosomitu). 
Vlad Georgescu, Politics and History. The Case of Romanian Communists (1944-1977) (Cristina Roman) 
Ralph Darlington, Syndicalism and the Transition to Communism. An International Comparative Analysis (Dan Drăghia) 
Maria Bucur, Heroes and Victims: Remembering War in Twentieth-Century Romania (Andrei Muraru).
Orlando Figes, Les chuchoteurs: Vivre et survivre sous Staline (Mia Jinga) 


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