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Daily Life Under Communism. The Case Of Romania


  • Rada Cristina IRIMIE

    (Faculty of European Studies, BABES-BOLYAI University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)


After the Second World War, Central and Eastern Europe was discovering the communist influence. The communist ideology changed the political regimes of the countries from the region, but most important it changed the society and the mentality of the people living in Central and Eastern Europe. The countries experienced censorship, lack of private property, repression, secret police abuse, religious bans, poverty, food rationalization, lack of privacy, massive industrialization and many other abuses which are typical for a totalitarian regime. This article focuses on daily life aspects during communist Romania, because it is one of the most revealing cases of the post-communist countries. Romania had one of the most abusive and obsolete communist regime. The methodological approach is based on the case study method, which will be validated with empirical data. This article will also emphasize the legacies of the totalitarian recent past over the contemporary evolution of the Central and Eastern European societies, with an accent on the Romanian case.

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  • Rada Cristina IRIMIE, 2014. "Daily Life Under Communism. The Case Of Romania," SEA - Practical Application of Science, Fundația Română pentru Inteligența Afacerii, Editorial Department, issue 3, pages 266-283, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cmj:seapas:y:2014:i:3:p:266-283

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    1. Avner Ben-Ner & J. Michael Montias, 1991. "The Introduction of Markets in a Hypercentralized Economy: The Case of Romania," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 5(4), pages 163-170, Fall.
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    Communism; Eastern Europe; Repression; Daily life; Legacies; Romania;

    JEL classification:

    • N44 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: 1913-


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