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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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Historiography in a Party Mode: Horea's Revolt and the Production of History

Historiography in a Party Mode: Horea's Revolt and the Production of History

(p.215) CHAPTER SIX Historiography in a Party Mode: Horea's Revolt and the Production of History
National Ideology Under Socialism

Katherine Verdery

University of California Press

This chapter addresses how “the past” was produced in Ceauşescu's Romania and how its production was intertwined with national ideology. Romanian history was produced through individual and institutional rivalries for the resources that supported historical research, and through arguments about the values that research should pursue. Such rivalries were at least as politicized as those in the literature, owing to the unusually central role assigned to history under Ceauşescu's reign—unusual even by the standards of Marxist–Leninist regimes. There were several reasons for this. Some of them were of a quirky, personal nature and others resulted from the regime's internal consolidation and its international relations. The most eccentric reason was that the brother of the Romanian president, General Ilie Ceauşescu, had a true avocational passion for the study of history; he promoted it and influenced its direction from his very powerful vantage point.

Keywords:   historiography, Horea's revolt, production of history, Romanian history, Ceauşescu's reign

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