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Romania : borderland of Europe
Boia, Lucian.
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London : Reaktion Books, [2001]

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328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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DR205 .B65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Romania occupies a unique position on the map of Eastern Europe. It is a country that presents many paradoxes. In this book the preeminent Romanian historian Lucian Boia examines his native land's development from the Middle Ages to modern times, delineating its culture, history, language, politics and ethnic identity. Boia introduces us to the heroes and myths of Romanian history, and provides an enlightening account of the history of Romanian Communism. He shows how modernization and the influence of the West have divided the nation - town versus country, nationalists versus pro-European factions, the elite versus the masses - and argues that Romania today is in chronic difficulty as it tries to fix its identity and envision a future for itself.

The book concludes with a tour of Bucharest, whose houses, streets and public monuments embody Romania's traditional values and contemporary contradictions.

Author Notes

Lucian Boia is Professor in the History Faculty of the University of Bucharest.

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This is a well-written, well-translated, and well-illustrated book for those basically ignorant about Romania but eager to learn about the country. Boia (Univ. of Bucharest) has written much more than a tourist guide. He starts wisely with "a look at the map" and continues with a discussion of the roots of Romanian culture and a historical outline. The intricacies and peculiarities of quasi-nationalistic Romanian communism and the postcommunist period under mostly communist leadership are ably explained. Very useful for visitors to Romania is the chapter on how and why Romanians react to foreigners and things foreign, including their relationship with the national minorities. The author also passes in review the men and women Romanians are proud of, mostly justifiably; the book ends with "a walk through Bucharest," both useful and enlightening from a historical and cultural point of view. All levels/collections. L. K. D. Kristof emeritus, Portland State University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
I A Look at the Mapp. 11
II An Island of Latinityp. 28
III How Romania was Createdp. 59
IV Romanian Communismp. 111
V Between the Past and the Futurep. 152
VI Romanians and Foreignersp. 191
VII Who's Who in the Romanian Pantheonp. 226
VIII A Walk through Bucharestp. 265
Epiloguep. 307
Referencesp. 309
A Note on Romanian Pronunciation and Spellingp. 317
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 319
Index of Personal Namesp. 320
Index of Place Namesp. 325