Heroes and Victims: Remembering War in Twentieth-Century Romania (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies)

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Heroes and Victims explores the cultural power of war memorials in 20th-century Romania through two world wars and a succession of radical political changes―from attempts to create pluralist democratic political institutions after World War I to shifts toward authoritarian rule in the 1930s, to military dictatorships and Nazi occupation, to communist dictatorships, and finally to pluralist democracies with populist tendencies. Examining the interplay of centrally articulated and locally developed commemorations, Maria Bucur's study engages monumental sites of memory, local funerary markers, rituals, and street names as well as autobiographical writings, novels, oral narratives, and film. This book reveals the ways in which a community's religious, ethnic, economic, regional, and gender traditions shaped local efforts at memorializing its war dead.

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Maria Bucur is John W. Hill Chair in East European History and Associate Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington. She is author of Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar Romania and editor (with Nancy M. Wingfield) of Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe (IUP, 2006).

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This is an ambitious and important contribution to the field of European memory studies and the study of war and its commemoration in the twentieth century.33.5 Sept-Oct 2010 (Women's Studies Intnl Forum)

An engaging read, written in an elegant style accessible to both academics and non academics, this volume will be of interest to historians, scholars of Romanian history and politics, as well as anthropologists and sociologists alike.Volume 16 Issue 2 2011 (European Legacy)

In this impressive study of Romanian memory from 1877-78 to 2007, historian Bucur demonstrates that Western-centric narratives cannot adequately explain eastern European experiences. . . . Highly recommended. (Choice)

[A] historical tour de force, compellingly written and powerfully demonstrated. . . . Bucur's truly illuminating study explores the Romanians' tortuously dramatic efforts to accomplish a long-delayed coming to terms with their past. (Slavic Review)

[Bucur] is to be congratulated on a superb piece of scholarship which both sheds light on existing questions and raises important new ones. As such it can be recommended to teachers and researchers alike. (European History Quarterly)

[T]this is an ambitious book that effectively straddles disciplines, historical eras, and analytical levels. The data are remarkably comprehensive for such a difficult theme. Bucur’s narrative tells a complex story that few historians of Eastern and Central Europe could handle in such a sophisticated manner. (Canadian American Slavic Studies)

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