Recently, Lucian and I received copies of a new volume to which we contributed a chapter. The chapter is Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, “The Orthodox Churches and Democratization in Romania and Bulgaria,” published in Religion and Politics in Post-Socialist Central and Southeastern Europe. Challenges since 1989, ed. by Sabrina P. Ramet (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 263-295.

The book is presented as follow: “Since the crash of communism in Central and Southeastern Europe in 1989, almost everything in the region has changed – from politics to economics to popular culture to religion. There have been new challenges to confront and new dilemmas. This volume examines the political engagement of religious associations in the post-socialist countries of Central and Southeastern Europe, with a focus on disputes about property restitution, revelations about the collaboration of clergy with the communist-era secret police, intolerance, and controversies about the inclusion of religious instruction in the schools. Each of the countries in the region is analyzed with research grounded in on-site interviews, as well as extensive use of literature in local and Western languages.”

More information is available here.

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