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Overview


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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861891037
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/22/2002
  • Series: Reaktion Books - Topographics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Lucian Boia is Professor of History at the University of Bucharest. He is the author of Great Historians of the Modern Age (1991) and La Fin du Monde: une Histoire sans Fin (1989)
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Table of Contents


Introduction
I. A Look at the Map
II. An Island of Latinity
III. How Romania was Created
IV. Romanian Communism
V. Between the Past and the Future
VI. Romanians and Foreigners
VII. Who's Who in the Romanian Pantheon
VIII. A Walk through Bucharest
Epilogue
References
A Note on Romanian Pronunciation and Spelling
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index of Personal Names
Index of Place Names
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