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A Unique Policy of Urbanization? The Rural Systematization in Romania (2011-2012)

Field of study: History

Rural systematization is considered representative of the brutality of the Communist regime in Romania. The article claims that such a policy was not unique and that Romania was in the deed of one of the last communist states to implement it. This delay refers to the role that the village had and has had in the interpretation of Romanian national identity and compliance, in the name of the national independence, the principles of the original Stalinism of Ceausescu’s regime. Finally, the stagnation of the Urbanization rate and the backwardness of agriculture during the implementation of the systematization in the 80s.

Keywords: rural systematization, communist regime, agricultural policy, urbanization, village, urban centre, national identity, urban system, reform, culture, society, economy

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