Igor Casu

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: from August 21th to September 25th, 2020

Igor Casu, Ph.D., is Lecturer and Director of the Center for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes & Cold War, State University of Moldova, Chișinău. He specializes in Soviet state terror and teaches a master course, Political Police and Secret Services in 20th Century Moldova, covering Tsarist, Romanian interwar, and Soviet periods. He is working now on a book on the postwar famine in Soviet Moldavia, 1946-47.

The project

Title: Food shortage in postwar France and Western Europe, 1944- early 1950s

Keywords: Soviet Union, Soviet Moldavia, Soviet State Terror, Famine, Collectivization, State and Peasants, Resistance, Soviet Nationality Policy, Everyday Life in the 20th Century.

Selected publications

Books

  • Duşmanul de clasă. Represiuni politice, violenţă şi rezistenţă în R(A)SS Moldovenească, 1924-1956 [Class Enemy. Political Repressions, Violence and Resistance in Moldavian (A)SSR, 1924-1956], with an introduction by Vladimir Tismaneanu, Chişinău, Cartier, 2014, 396 p.
  • "Politica naţională" în Moldova Sovietică, 1944–1989 [Nationalities Policy in Soviet Moldavia, 1944-1989], Chişinău, Editura Cartdidact, 2000, 214 p. Summary in English and Russian.

Edited volumes of documents

  • At the Origins of Sovietization of Bessarabia. Identification of class enemies, confiscations of property and work mobilization in Moldavian SSR, 1940-1941, Chişinău, Cartier, 2014, in Russian, with summary and names of the documents in English and Romanian.
  • Republica Moldova de la Perestroikă la independenţă, 1989-1991. Documente secrete din arhiva CC a PCM [The Republic of Moldova from Perestroika to independence, 1989-1991. Secret Documents from the Archive of the CC of PCM], introduction and titles of documents in Romanian, Russian and English, Chişinău, Cartdidact, 2011, 692 p. (first co-editor, with Igor Şarov).

Edited volumes

  • Al Doilea Război Mondial în Estul şi Vestul Europei. Istorie şi memorie [Second World War in Eastern and Western Europe. History and Memory], Chişinău, Cartier, 2013, 332 p. (co-editor with Diana Dumitru, Andrei Cuşco and Petru Negură)
  • Fără termen de prescripţie. Aspecte ale crimelor comunismului în Europa [No Statute of Limitations. Aspects of the Communist Crimes in Europe], Chişinău, Cartier, 2011 (co-editor with Sergiu Musteaţă), 780 p.

Articles

  • “Чистка сотрудников НКВД Молдавской АССР после Большого Террора” [Purge of the purgers of NKVD cadres in Moldavian ASSR after the Great Terror] // Марк Юнге, Линн Виолла и Джеффри Россман (составители), Чекисты на скамье посудимых, Москва, Пробел-2000, 2017, с. 596-630.
  • “Leonid Brezhnev in Soviet Moldavia, 1950-1952: the making of a GenSek?” in Plural. History, Culture & Society, vol. 4, no. 2, 2016, p. 122-155 (second co-author, with Mark Sandle, Ph.D., Associate Professor at King’s University College, Edmonton, Canada)
  • “Moldova under the Soviet Communist Regime: History and Memory”, in Vladimir Tismaneanu, Bogdan Iacob, eds., Remembrance, History and Justice. Coming to Terms with Traumatic Pasts, Budapest: Central University Press, 2015, pp. 347-372.
  • “The Fate of Stalinist Victims in Soviet Moldavia after 1953: Amnesty, Pardon and the Long Road to Rehabilitation”, in Kevin McDermott, Matthew Stibbe, eds., De-Stalinising Eastern Europe: The Rehabilitation of Stalin’s victims after 1953, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp. 186-203.
  • ”The Quiet Revolution”: Revisiting the National Identity Issue in Soviet Moldavia at the height of Khrushchev’s Thaw (1956), in Euxeinos, University of Saint Gallen, Elvetia, no. 15-16, 2014, pp. 77-91.
  • “Discontent and Uncertainty in the Borderlands: Soviet Moldavia and the Secret Speech 1956–1957”, in Europe-Asia Studies, 64:4, 2014, pp. 613-644 (first author, co-author Mark Sandle).
  • ”Organizaţia de partid comunistă din RSSM în contextul începutului războiului germano-sovietic (1941)” [Communist Party Organization in Moldavian SSR on the eve of the German-Soviet War (1941)], în Silvia Bocancea, Mihai Baciu, eds.,
  • "Political Repressions in Moldavian SSR after 1956: Towards a Typology Based on KGB files", in Dystopia. Journal of Totalitarian Ideologies and Regimes, vol. 1-2, 2012, p. 89-127.
  • "Was the Soviet Union an Empire? A view from Chisinau", in Dystopia. Journal of Totalitarian Ideologies and Regimes, vol. 1-2, 2012, pp. 277-290.
  • "Был  ли  Советский  Союз  империей?  Взгляд  из  Кишинева"  //НЕПРИКОСНОВЕННЫЙ ЗАПАС (МОСКВА) № 78 (4/2011). Full text available at: http://magazines.russ.ru/nz/2011/4/ka13.html
  • “Stalinist Terror in Soviet Moldavia, 1940-1953”, in Kevin McDermott, Matthew Stibbe, eds., Stalinist Terror in Eastern Europe. Elite purges and mass repression, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2010, p. 39-56.
  • “Chestiunea revizuirii hotarelor RSS Moldoveneşti: de la proiectul „Moldova Mare” la proiectul „Basarabia Mare” şi cauzele eşecului acestora (decembrie 1943
  • – iunie 1946)” [ Moldavian SSR’s Border Revision Question: From The Project of „Greater Moldavia” to The Project of “Greater Bessarabia” and The Causes of their Failure (December 1943 – June 1946)]. Documents in original Russian, translated in Romanian, with Introduction article of 22 pages, English summary of 2 pages, co-edited with Virgil Pâslariuc, in Archiva Moldaviae, no. 2, 2010, pp. 275-370.
  • "Le Goulag Bessarabien: Deportations, Repressions, Famine, 1940-1941, 1944-1953", in Communisme (Paris), no. 91-92, 2007, pp. 129-138.
  • “Represiuni politice în Moldova Sovietică, 1940-1941, 1944-1989” [Political repressions in Soviet Moldavia], in Vladimir Tismăneanu, Dorin Dobrincu and Cristian Vasile, eds., “Raportul Comisiei Prezidenţiale pentru Analiza Dictaturii Comuniste din România”, Bucharest, Humanitas Publishing House, 2007, pp. 501-525.
  • “Istoriografia şi Holocaustul: cazul Republicii Moldova” [Historiography and Holocaust: the case of Moldova], in Contrafort, nov.-dec. 2006, 1st part; January-March, 2007, 2nd part (www.contrafort.md)
  • "Nation Building in the Era of Integration: The case of Moldova", in Konrad Jarausch and Thomas Lindenberger (eds.), Conflicting Memories: Europeanizing Contemporary History, Oxford, Berghan Books, 2007, pp. 237-253.