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Politics, national symbols and the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral


  • Lavinia Stan
  • Lucian Turcescu


Among religious denominations in Romania, the dominant Orthodox Church has been the closest to the state, often positioning itself in opposition to the budding civil society. The prolonged negotiations for a location in downtown Bucharest suitable for the new Orthodox Cathedral for National Salvation best illustrate the interactions between different segments of the political class, the Orthodox Church, and a variety of civil society groups seeking to define the public space and the country's new democracy. They further illustrate how contesting actors use the recent past to define the politics of the present.

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  • Lavinia Stan & Lucian Turcescu, 2006. "Politics, national symbols and the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral," Europe-Asia Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 58(7), pages 1119-1139.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ceasxx:v:58:y:2006:i:7:p:1119-1139
    DOI: 10.1080/09668130600926447

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