Between Moscow and London. Romanian Orthodoxy and National Communism, 1960-1965

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This article analyses the convoluted path of the Romanian communist regime's rapprochement with the West in the early 1960s. While, officially, the church supported the regime, the hierarchs strengthened their contacts with the West. This article argues that, paradoxically, church participation in international religious dialogue represented direct support for the nationalist stance of Romanian Communism. The increased number of ecumenical relations between Romania and the West reached its climax with the visit of Michael Ramsey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to Romania in 1965, a few months before the country became the Socialist Republic of Romania.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-552
Number of pages62
JournalSlavonic and East European review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Romanian communist regime
  • rapprochement
  • West
  • church
  • regime
  • international religious dialogue
  • nationalist stance
  • Romanian Communism
  • Michael Ramsey
  • Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Socialist Republic of Romania


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