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Key Concepts of Romanian History

Alternative Approaches to Socio-Political Languages

Edited by Victor Neumann, Professor of History at West University of Timisoara, Romania and Armin Heinen, Professor of History at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany

The theoretical analyses and interpretations contained in the studies of this volume focus on key-concepts such as: politics, politician, democracy, Europe, liberalism, constitution, property, progress, kinship, nation, national character and specificity, homeland, patriotism, education, totalitarianism, democracy, democratic, democratization, transition. The essays unveil specific aspects belonging to Romania’s past and present. They also offer alternative perspectives on the Romanian culture through the relationship between the elite and society, and novel reflections on the delayed and unfinished modernization processes within the society and the state. The editors articulate the results coming from various sciences, such as history, linguistics, sociology, political sciences, and philosophy with the aim that the past and present profiles of Romania are better understood.

Contents: Preface to the English edition Victor Neumann, Armin Heinen : Foreword Victor Neumann: Is Rewriting Romanian History Useful? The Evolution of Socio-Political Concepts and Alternative Interpretations Armin Heinen: On the Process of Writing the History of Romania: Methodological Issues Alexandre Escudier: Some Reflections on Historical Semantics, Political Modernity and Romanian History (1780‑1939) Klaus Bochmann: The Concept of Patriotism in Romanian Culture Keith Hitchins: Romanian Liberalism (1821‑1866) Wim van Meurs: Democracy, Democratic, Democratization Angela Harre: The Concept of Progress: The Fraught Relation between Liberalism and State Intervention Dietmar Müller: The Concept of Property in Romania’s Economic-Legal History Hans‑Christian Maner: The Notion of Europe from the Perspective of Romanian Historical Studies Armin Heinen: Images of Europe – Images of Romania (1945/1948‑2008) Edda Binder Iijima: The Concept of Constitution in the History of Romanian Legal Thought Ruxandra Demetrescu: The Concept of National Style in Artistic Historiography. Asserting a Critical Vocabulary Balázs Trencsényi: The Conceptualization of National Character in the Romanian Intellectual Tradition Victor Neumann: Neam (Romanian for Kin) and Popor (Romanian for People): Notions of Romanian Ethno-Centrism Victor Neumann: The Concept of Totalitarianism in Romanian Socio-Political Languages Mirela-Luminiţa Murgescu, Bogdan Murgescu: Transition, Transitions: The Conceptualization of Change in Romanian Culture Armin Heinen: The History of Politics as a Dispute around the Concepts of Politics, Statesman, Political Person, Politician Victor Neumann, Armin Heinen: Summary – Key-Concepts of Romanian History. Alternative Approaches to Socio-Political Languages Authors *** Index of terms and concepts

2013

516 pages, cloth
ISBN: 978-615-5225-16-1
$70.00 / €65.00 / £60.00

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