English version by Eliza Biță

General information

The NIST Publishing House started to function within NIST as early as 1993, as a separate department in charge with capitalising on the activities of the departments undertaking scientific research, documentation, academic collaboration with researchers outside the institute and on the scientific results obtained from organising related events and conferences.

The publishing production started in 1994 and underwent a thematic and quantitative development year by year, diversifying the range of its topics and constantly attracting new authors on a national level.

The strategy of our publishing house aims to promote the following research themes approved by the statute of NIST and the decisions of the Scientific Council: aspects of life under the communist regime, 1945-1989, economic structures, social issues, institutions, legislation, culture, mentality, language, repression techniques, forms of resistance, daily life, types of totalitarianism during the reign of King Charles the Second (1930-1940), the National Legionary State (1940-1941) and under the government of Marshal Ion Antonescu (1941-1944), parties, political movements or ideological trends that contested the parliamentary regime in Romania during the inter-war period.

The NIST Publishing House publishes books by one or more authors, periodicals and other materials intended to reflect the study of the totalitarian regime’s history in Romania.

In the 1994-2015 timespan, the NIST Publishing House supervised and published around 120 volumes.

In recognition of the importance and the impact of the publishing activity, the books issued under the care of NIST belong to the collections of the most important libraries that have national networks in Romania and abroad, in Europe, USA and the Middle East.

The NIST Publishing House participates on a regular basis in the most significant related meetings on the Romanian scientific book market, in book fairs, in events organised by the Romanian Academy and other scientific and cultural institutions.



The collection “Documents” – whose purpose is to recover, to organise from a thematic viewpoint and to promote the most important corpora of written archive on the totalitarian regime.

The collection “Studies” – promotes books by one author, which result from academic programmes of research, syntheses and specialised studies.

The collection “Dictionaries” – includes a new, interdisciplinary direction, with an integrating vision aimed at elaborating essential, reference research tools for historical research in Romania. The collection is the result of the synthesizing effort of various teams of researchers within NIST or in the Romanian scientific framework coordinated by NIST.

The collection “Memoirs” – aims at exploiting the oral or written testimonies of the political, cultural, scientific and military figures that have been concerned or involved by the evolution of the totalitarian phenomenon.

The collection “Debates” – is intended to record certain events and scientific conferences that are organised under the cure of NIST.

The collection “Syntheses” – includes reference studies of acknowledged authors, books that provide an elaborate viewpoint on important historical events and moments in the history of Romania and analyses.

The collection “Biographies” – a more recent collection whose purpose is to present certain historical figures.

The collection “Encyclopaedias” - is the newest collection and includes reference themes in the field of research of the totalitarian regime, a real compendium of work tools, which is indispensable to the research activity.

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