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Beyond nostalgia

The 30th anniversary of the fall of communism is an important milestone for Romania. Yet this anniversary is not present within the public space. Instead, today’s challenges appear to be far more pressing for society.

For many Romanians, the fall of the communist regime in 1989 was an unexpected moment that brought hope for a different way of life and a better future. Nicolae Manolescu, a Romanian literary critic, public intellectual and politician in The Right to Normality (published in 1991) pleaded for the restoration of normalcy after the political, social and cultural “rupture” brought by the communist regime in Romania. But what did this “normality” mean, and who was asking for it?
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May 2, 2019 - Eugen Stancu - History and MemoryIssue 3-4 2019Magazine

A December 1989 demonstration in Timișoara, Romania. The Romanian anti-communist revolution that started in Timisoara in 1989 was a chapter with many human losses. Photo: FORTEPAN / Urbán Tamás (CC) commons.wikimedia.org

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