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National Ideology Under SocialismIdentity and Cultural Politics in Ceausescu's Romania$
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Katherine Verdery

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780520072169

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520072169.001.0001

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Romanian Protochronism

Romanian Protochronism

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(p.167) CHAPTER FIVE Romanian Protochronism
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National Ideology Under Socialism
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Katherine Verdery

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520072169.003.0006

This chapter looks at Romanian protochronism. Protochronism was an intensified resuscitation of interwar indigenist arguments about the national essence; yet its context distinguished them from it. During the 1970s and 1980s, increasing numbers of Romanian writers and literary critics were drawn into an argument over an idea called “protochronism.” This idea encouraged critics and literary historians to look for developments in Romanian culture that had anticipated events in the better-publicized cultures of Western Europe. Clearly symptomatizing the plight of subaltern cultures dominated by metropolitan centers, protochronism soon attracted the attention of a Romanian party leadership that also wished to raise Romania's image in the esteem of the world. Romanians and outside observers alike have considered protochronism among the strongest manifestations of national ideology under Ceauşescu, as basic ideology.

Keywords:   Romanian protochronism, indigenist arguments, national essence, plight of subaltern cultures, Ceauşescu

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