By Maria Todorova (editor), Augusta Dimou (editor), Stefan Troebst (editor)
Remembering Communism examines the formation and transformation of the reminiscence of communism within the post-communist interval. nearly all of the articles specialise in reminiscence practices within the post-Stalinist period in Bulgaria and Romania, with occasional references to the circumstances of Poland and the GDR. according to an interdisciplinary process, together with background, anthropology, cultural stories and sociology, the quantity examines the mechanisms and tactics that effect, be sure and mint the personal and public reminiscence of communism within the post-1989 period. the typical denominator to all essays is the emphasis at the means of remembering within the current, and the modalities via which the current standpoint shapes procedures of remembering, together with practices of commemoration and illustration of the earlier. the amount offers with 8 significant thematic blocks revisiting particular practices in communism resembling pop culture and way of life, adolescence, exertions, the key police, and the conception of the system.
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Despite all the confusion, uncertainty, and ambiguity around 1989, it is referred to in Romania as a revolution. 37 Compare this to the matter-of-fact and anodyne Bulgarian word promenite, meaning "the changes" or the German die Wende. Part VI focuses on the events that have become central in the two countries and explores to what extent the remembrance of these events inflects the mem ory of the whole system. Drago§ Petrescu describes the major interpretations that emerged in Romania and explains the hegemony and durability' of the the ory' that posits that the revolution was hijacked to the dissatisfaction of the edu cated urban strata with the immediate outcome of the revolution.
14 11 Uta G. Poiger, Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2000). 17* See. most recently. Heiner Stahl. Jugendradio im kalten Atherkrieg. Berlin als eine Klanglandschaft des Pop 1962-1973 (Berlin: Landbeck Edition Gehirnstrom. 2010). 13 See the program of Pratiques Politiques Communistes en Europe oceidentale et dans les Democraties Populaires/Politische Praxis kommunistischer Parteien in Westeuropa und den Volksdemokratien, Paris, 21 and 22 May 2007 Sandrine Kott, Le communisme au cpiotidien.
Whether from the perspective of a complex multi-ethnic old Transylvanian city like Cluj, or a mono-ethnic town like Pernik, which became one of Bul garia's major industrial and energy centers by at the beginning of the twentieth century, or a new socialist mining semi-agrarian town like Rovinari. where competition and resentments followed along local rather than ethnic lines, both Romania and Bulgaria witnessed the same systemic transformations in the w ake of the Second World War: drastic industrialization, the build-up of a national infrastructure, collectivization of agriculture,32 massive outflow^ of rural labor to industrial centers, and deep-reaching cultural changes.