Eastern Europe: The Third Communism

EASTERN EUROPE

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Rumania, bah! It is neither a state nor a nation, but a profession.

—Nicholas II of Russia

The floods came early to western Rumania, spilling in thunderous green torrents from the snowy Carpathians, slashing roads to ribbons and turning towns into archipelagoes. Food was short, drinking water unsafe. It was a time when people looked to their government for action, and the Communist regime of Rumania was quick to respond. Fully half the citizens of Oradea, a city of 110,000 hard by the Hungarian border, were lining the streets when the train from...

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