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Remembering Communism
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Great Minds Don't Think Alike--University Press Week 2014

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Our 2014 Fall/Winter catalogue is available for download.

Our books on medieval history were exhibited at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 7-10 July, 2014.

By the end of 2013 A Life Under Russian Serfdom has been adopted for courses at no fewer than 33 universities and colleges of the United States. It is followed by Prague Tales with 17 adoptions.
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Accidental Occidental has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine, the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.

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The Association for Women in Slavic Studies has awareded the 2013 Heldt Prize for Best Article in Slavic / Eastern European / Eurasian Women's Studies to "War Rape: (Re)defining Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Nationhood" in Embracing Arms: Cultural Representation of Slavic and Balkan Women in War.

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History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness

Lucian Boia, University of Bucharest

"History and Myth represents one of the most sophisticated archeologies in Romanian historiography, past and present. With the insight of both the native and the scholar, Romanian historian Lucian Boia nuancedly presents and - without "demythologizing," as the author himself declares - deconstructs the Romanian "imaginary" as a matter of myths expressed in public and private, formal and informal discursive spaces. The two Introductions to the first and second Romanian editions that preface this volume are extremely valuable since they (re)iterate the topic of the book - "history as discourse" - and (re)contextualize some newer myths of the late 1990s, which captured the public eye after the first edition was issued.
... History and Myth offers a challenging perspective, a clearly translated narrative, and an indispensable analytical tool for scholars of Romania and of Eastern European history and politics." - Slavic and East European Journal

"...a happy event for those teaching Romanian history in English... Boia writes with verve and the translation reads well on the whole, making this study of the axes ground by Romanian historians in the last centuries not only informative, but fun to read." - Patterns of Prejudice

"It is an extraordinarily interesting and provocative work, one that, not surprisingly, provoked a huge firestorm. As the author wryly notes, while contemporary Romanians have no problem with castigating the presidents of post-1989 Romania, most shy away from criticizing medieval Romanian princes and other historical heroes. ... excellent translation..." - American Historical Review

"Boia's work has had a huge impact on Romanian public opinion, and has triggered a serious rethinking of the links between the nation, the nation-state, national identity, history, and politics. On a more theoretical level, his work is pioneering the integration of contemporary Western scholarship on nationalism, deconstructivism, postmodern history into the Romanian historigraphic discourse." - Austrian Studies Newsletter

"The book is a 'must read' for anyone attempting to unravel the sometimes conflicting 'histories' of Romania. And even for Romanians themselves who feel that their school history textbook was infallible and presented the only true history of Romania." - Amazon (customer review)


This book stems from the idea that there is a considerable difference between real history and discourse history. Boia points out that history is constantly reconstructed, adapted and sometimes mythified from the perspective of the present day, of present states of mind and ideologies. Boia closely examines the process of historical culture and conscience in nineteenth and twentieth century Romania, particularly concentrating on the impact of the national ideology on history. Based upon his findings, the author identifies several key mythical configurations and analyses the manner in which Romanians have reconstituted their own highly ideologized history over the last two centuries.

The strength of History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness lies in the author's ability to fully deconstruct the entire Romanian historiographic system and demonstrate the increasing acuteness of national problems in general, and in particular the exploitation of history to support national ideology.

2001
270 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-96-2 cloth $49.95 / €42.95 / 37.00
ISBN 978-963-9116-97-9 paperback $25.95 / €23.95 / 19.99

 

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