History of Communism in Europe (HCE) presents itself as a journal open to all academic inquiries, which are sensitive to the moral sobriety, conceptual complexity, and methodological sophistication required by any sustained research on totalitarianism. The scholarly investigations of the 20th century must remain an interdisciplinary enterprise, in which raw data and refined concepts help us understand the subtle dynamics of any given phenomenon. History is polyphonic and so the writing of it must be. It is never easy to pinpoint the causal relationship between distinct events, or the agency of different ideas. Historians talk about chronologies, philosophers study the ideological mutations of the Communist doctrinal monism, sociologists and anthropologists look at everyday life (such as the interaction between majority and minority groups). Some are interested in overarching narratives, while others enrich our knowledge of the past with case-studies. The study of Communism calls for a subtle “fusion of horizons”: on the one hand, there is the interpreter, with his or her subjective background, prejudices, and intellectual proclivities. On the other hand, a whole historical age looms at large over the object found under scholarly scrutiny.
Editor in chief: Mihail Neamțu
Editorial Board: Corina Doboş, Raluca Grosescu, Bogdan Cristian Iacob, Clara Mareș, Angelo Mitchievici, Marius Stan, Ioan Stanomir
Advisory Board: Florian Bieber (University of Kent, Great Britain); Ulf Brunnbauer (Ost-Europa Institut, Berlin, Germany); Igor Cașu (University of Chișinău, Moldova Republic); Dominique Colas (University of Paris, France); Aurelian Crăiuțu (Indiana University, USA); Mark Kramer (Harvard University, USA); Daniel J. Mahoney (Assumption College, USA); István Rév (CEU/OSA Budapest, Hungary); Jacques Rupnik (University of Paris / CERI-CNRS, France); Grigoriy Shkundin (Moscow University, Russia); Lavinia Stan (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada); Aleksandr Stykali (Institute for Slavic and Balkan Studies Moscow, Russia); Holm Sundhaussen (Free University Berlin, Germany); Jean-Charles Szurek (CNRS Paris, France); Vladimir Tismăneanu (University of Maryland, USA).
First issue: HCE 1 (2010) – Politics of Memory in Post-communist Europe