A Concise History of Romania

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 20, 2014 - History - 327 pages
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Spanning a period of 2000 years from the Roman conquest of Dacia to the present day, A Concise History of Romania traces the development of a unique nation situated on the border between East and West. In this illuminating new history, Keith Hitchins explores Romania's struggle to find its place amidst two diverse societies: one governed by Eastern orthodox tradition, spirituality and agriculture and the other by Western rationalism, experimentation and capitalism. The book charts Romania's advancement through five significant phases of its history: medieval, early modern, modern and finally the nation's 'return to Europe'; evaluating all the while Romania's part in European politics, economic and social change, intellectual and cultural renewals and international entanglements. This is a fascinating history of an East European nation; one which sheds new light on the complex evolution of the Romanians and the identity they have successfully crafted from a unique synthesis of traditions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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From East to West 17741866 4 The national state 18661919 5 Peace and war 19191947 159 112
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Romanian Communism 19481989 7 After 1989 227
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Keith Hitchins is Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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