Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

International Studies

First Advisor's Name

Farrokh Jhabvala

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Ralph S. Clem

Third Advisor's Name

Brian Nelson

Keywords

Dissenters, Romania

Date of Defense

7-1-1986

Abstract

This study examines why Romania's dissidence within the Soviet bloc has not provoked a military response from the Soviet Union during the 1965-1985 period. The hypothesis assumed is that Soviet tolerance is granted to Romania in exchange for its internal orthodoxy.

Based on English and Romanian sources of information and on the author's experience having lived in Romania, the following factors are analyzed: Party internal control, its organization, leadership and ideology.

The study concludes that Romania's internal orthodoxy, closely resembling Soviet society, has neutralized the country's dissident foreign policy saving it from a Soviet military intervention.

Identifier

FI14061534

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