Title

Symbols of Socialist Virtue and National Identity: The Politicization of Sports in Ceausescu’s Romania

Date

5-29-2014 2:30 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 3:00 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

John L. Rector

Session Title

History Master Degree Papers

Faculty Sponsor(s)

David Doellinger

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Similar to other Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War like the Soviet Union and East Germany, the Romanian Communist Party (RCP) used sports to serve integral political functions in their national and foreign policies. Sports administration, programs, and facilities were financed by the state and incorporated into schools, factories, and villages to integrate the population and to encourage the full mental and physical development of the Romanian populace in accordance with Marx-Leninist philosophies on the full development of the mind and body. In addition, the RCP under the leadership of Nicolae Ceausescu used the impressive performances of Romanian athletes at the Olympic Games as a centerpiece to their foreign relations propaganda. Through the periodicals Romania Today and Sports in Romania, this paper demonstrates how Ceausescu and the RCP used foreign relations propaganda about sports in Romania to illustrate the virtuous nature of socialism and to reflect a distinct Romanian national ideology based on independence and ingenuity from foreign influences.

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Symbols of Socialist Virtue and National Identity: The Politicization of Sports in Ceausescu’s Romania

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Similar to other Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War like the Soviet Union and East Germany, the Romanian Communist Party (RCP) used sports to serve integral political functions in their national and foreign policies. Sports administration, programs, and facilities were financed by the state and incorporated into schools, factories, and villages to integrate the population and to encourage the full mental and physical development of the Romanian populace in accordance with Marx-Leninist philosophies on the full development of the mind and body. In addition, the RCP under the leadership of Nicolae Ceausescu used the impressive performances of Romanian athletes at the Olympic Games as a centerpiece to their foreign relations propaganda. Through the periodicals Romania Today and Sports in Romania, this paper demonstrates how Ceausescu and the RCP used foreign relations propaganda about sports in Romania to illustrate the virtuous nature of socialism and to reflect a distinct Romanian national ideology based on independence and ingenuity from foreign influences.