National Identity of Romanians in Transylvania

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ISBN: 
978-963-9116-95-5
cloth
$55.95 / €47.95 / £40.00
Publication date: 
2001
314 pages

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.

Introduction

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

"Mitu's work bring to the attention of Western readers the aspirations and writings of a range of Romanian writers and political activists, reveals the ways in which national identity could be articulated in Eastern European societies, and identifies the characteristics ascribed to Romanians as they pressed for a share of political power in Transylvania."
"This book boldly challenges the traditional canons and taboos of Romanian historiography, at a time when innovation is much needed."
"Mitu's study, based on an impressive collection of contemporary documents, is situated in the 'long first half of the nineteenth century,' from the French Revolution to the Revolutions of 1848... Overall, this study constitutes and original and carefully crafted contribution to our understanding of the multifaceted process through which national identities are negotiated in the public realm."