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Subverting Communism in Romania

Law and Private Property 1945-1965



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Subverting Communism in Romania explores the role of law in everyday life and as a mechanism for social change during early communism in Romania. Mihaela Serban focuses on the regime's attempts to extinguish private property in housing through housing nationalization and expropriation. This study of early communist law illustrates that law is never just an instrument of state power, particularly over the long term and from a ground up perspective. Even during its most totalitarian phase, communist law enjoyed a certain level of autonomy at the most granular level and consequently was simultaneously a space of state power and resistance to power. The book draws from archives recently made available in Romania, which have opened up new perspectives for understanding a mundane yet crucial part of the modern human experience: one's home and the institution of private property that often sustains it.

Product code: 9781498595674

ISBN 9781498595674
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW161xS22
Publisher Lexington Books
No. Of Pages 294
This study traces the Romanian communist regime's attempts to extinguish private property in housing. The author analyzes the homeowners' resistance through law, the subsequent remaking of private property, and the hybrid legal culture of property in early communist Romania.