Volume 16 of the Studies in Social Philosophy and Policy series, The Bloody Flag covers the early part of Romania’s transition from post-Soviet communism.

 “Juliana Geran Pilon’s book on present-day nationalism in Eastern Europe is as penetrating as it is wide-ranging. It presents the philosophical and historical basis for nationalism in general, for the specific types of nationalism to be seen in the area, and also for the characteristics they have in common. The very dangerous possibilities which such nationalism may provoke are clear enough today in the Yugoslav case; and serious analysis – of which there is anyhow too little found in the West – is to be welcomed. A particular strength of Dr. Pilon’s work is her analysis of the relationship between Communism and nationalism….. We must all be grateful to Dr. Pilon for her broad and stimulating contribution to the literature.”

Robert Conquest is the author of twenty-one books on Soviet history, politics, and international affairs, including the classic The Great Terror—which has been translated into twenty languages—and the acclaimed Harvest of Sorrow (1986). His most recent works are Reflections on a Ravaged Century (1999) and The Dragons of Expectation (2005). His many awards and honors include the Jefferson Lectureship, the highest honor government for achievement in the humanities (1993), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005).

The Bloody Flag is the first serious study of the question which is currently very much on everyone’s mind: As the ideological vacuum left behind after the collapse of the Communist regimes in East-Central Europe seems to be filling with nationalism – and as economic conditions there approach those of the Weimar Republic – is there a chance for a successful transition to liberal democracy? Are these new forces destined to be destructive and ugly, or can they be constructive and healing?”

Vladimir Bukovsky, who spent nearly 12 years in Soviet prisons, labor camps and psychiatric hospitals for nonviolent human rights activities, is the author of several books, including “To Build a Castle” and “Judgment in Moscow.”

“Nationalism as the basis of culture and spiritual values has been enormously important in the twentieth century. Pilon’s The Bloody Flag puts in excellent perspective the roots and significance of this political and ideological force.”

Frank Shakespeare was president of CBS Television in New York when he was appointed Director of the United States Information Agency in 1969. He later became chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting. He was also United States Ambassador to Portugal and Ambassador to the Holy See.