National Identity of Romanians in Transylvania
This meticulously researched and elegantly written book is the most authoritative study of the emergence of modern Romanian identity in Transylvania during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Based upon a plethora of contemporary published sources, Mitu approaches national identity from a variety of perspectives - from within the Romanian community itself and their reaction to the image others had of them.
The author sheds new light on the problems of self-evaluation using a method he describes as "functional analysis" to examine a complex set of ideologies and propaganda. This approach helps the reader to understand the intricate web of contemporary Romanian nationalism.
National Identity of Romanians in Transylvania appeals to scholars of modern Romanian history, those focusing on the Habsburg Monarchy and the study of modern nationalism. The book is an important contribution to the expanding debate on nationalism and national identity from an East European perspective.
Part I: Argument
Part II: Image of the self and image of the other
Part III: The negative dimension of the image of the self
Part IV: Between the good and the bad
Part V: Historical dimension of the positive image of the self
Part VI: Positive auto-image - basic data of the national identity
Part VII: Conclusion Bibliography