The Romanian Revolution of December 1989 featured in Boston Review

In his article Past Forward in the March/April 2010 issue of Boston Review, Paul Hockenos (himself the author of a Cornell University Press book, Homeland Calling: Exile Patriotism and the Balkan Wars) reviews The Romanian Revolution of December 1989 by Peter Siani-Davies. Here’s an excerpt:

“Siani-Davies makes the case that the events of December 1989 do constitute a revolution, if one that contains the seeds of Romania’s reality today. He argues convincingly that there was mass mobilization across the country: a storming of the regime’s institutions at both the local and national levels and spontaneous takeovers of factories and other work places. The Romanian Communist Party (RCP) was deposed and banned, the highest authorities removed from office or shot. Even if second- and third-tier party members quickly filled those vacancies, the rise of this younger generation signified what Siani-Davies calls ‘a pronounced power shift.'”

The Romanian Revolution of December 1989 featured in Boston Review