Ceausescu & Romania
Form of Authority
socialism (1944-1989) proclaimed
the transformative power of the state under the all-knowing leader.
Mass rallies and visits by Nicolae Ceausescu to the provinces reinforced
this policy as did the international recognition won by taking advantage
of Cold War antagonisms.
Death & Transition
being held captive for three days, Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were
condemned by a military tribunal whose authority they rejected.
Their hasty and particularly gruesome execution fueled popular views
that they were silenced to conceal the misdeeds of others.
Prepared by David Kideckel, Linda Fisher, & John Borneman, May 1998