Why is Romania different?

2016-04-26, 6:00 p.m.
April 26 (Tuesday), 6:00 p.m.
Lucian Boia, Why is romania different?
Promotioan of a book
Chair: Łukasz Galusek

Since the 1970s no comprehensive work on the history of Romania has been published in Poland. In the meantime Romania has made a complex and tortuous transition from one of the harshest communist dictatorships to a democratic member country of the European Union. So the case of Romania is both fascinating and requiring a new, comprehensive and critical look. Both these requirements are met by the book written by Lucian Boia, the most eminent contemporary Romanian historian and also one of the most important intellectuals present in the Romanian public debate. His diagnoses regarding the role of history in the contemporary awareness of his countryman play a key role in understanding today’s Romanian identity as well as the nature of the Rumanian transition and modernisation at the turn of the 21st century.

Prof Boia boldly takes up various Romanian myths and stereotypes about the country, and his books are discussed in Rumania in a much wider circle than just academic historians. Sixth volume of the series Library of Central Europe, edited by Jack Purchla.
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