Remembering Communism: Private and Public Recollections of Lived Experience in Southeast Europe

November 4, 2014

The first volume in the "Leipzig Studies on the History and Culture of East-Central Europe" series examines the mechanisms and processes that influence, determine, and mint the private and public memory of communism in the post-1989 era.

Edited by Gutgsell Professor of History at the University of Illinois Maria Todorova, Associate Researcher at Humboldt University Augusta Dimo, and Professor of East European Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig Stefan Troebst, this volume “provides an original contribution to the field of memory studies by addressing a hitherto less represented geo-cultural area, the Southeastern edge of the former Communist bloc, Romania and Bulgaria. By focusing on the dynamics of the process of remembering, instead of scrutinizing frozen images of memory, the contributing scholars suggest an alternative way for studying memories of dictatorships. Through their research, they explore the linkages between experiences of Communism, the society-specific particularities of the transition process and the images of Communism that gradually emerged in the last two decades. Remembering Communism fills in an important gap in the literature of memory studies and connects its particular findings with broader issues of remembering Communism and dictatorships,"  Peter Apor, research fellow at the  Institute of History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences praised the book.

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