, the SED leaders find themselves relying to a particularly great extent upon the firm backing of Soviet hegemonicpower and on the "Socialist state community." How closely the SED and CPSU co- ordinate their efforts is indicated by the twenty-seven meetings of their respec- tive leaders since May, 1971
support in many countries. The Parties affiliated with Moscow aligned themselves with left wing parties in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Chile, to mention only a few. This strategy confronted the United States, the hegemonicpower, with critical at best or hostile forces aligned to
system. The works try to emancipate the Romanians from their former hegemonicpower and to reconcile Romania with its own communist past by means of humor. Humor actualizes and translates the image of “the Russian” in all three examples, but “the Russian” nevertheless remains as a powerful, repressive
naturally, Russian Social Democracy in its Bol- shevik version, as hegemon of worker-revolutionary historiographical analy- 15. Quoted in Danow, Thought of Mikhail Bakhtin, p. 21.
394 sis and as ultimate wieldcr of hegemonicpower for seventy years; bears the brunt of the "attack." Our aim is not to
in 1924, to use relations with the Soviet Union "as a lever to counteract the hegemonicpower of the United States" (55). The attempt was mostly a failure, partly because the Soviet Union had few economic or geopolitical interests in Mexico, but partly also because Soviets proved even more prone than