Romania (Reaktion Books - Topographics)
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The book concludes with a tour of Bucharest, whose houses, streets and public monuments embody Romania's traditional values and contemporary contradictions.
serious discussion. For Romance scholars, it is a fascinating language which has evolved far from the other members of its family, and independent of them. It has assimilated specific elements (Slavic, Turkish, Greek and Hungarian) which differentiate it even more from the western Romance languages (while largely lacking the Germanic borrowings which predominate in these). Certainly, it is the most original of the Romance languages.10 The structures of Romanian (its morphology and syntax) are
institutions – with a limited role – were to be established in the small town of Focsani, at the border between Wallachia and Moldavia. The great powers’ decisions were not negotiable. Having submitted, the Romanians proceeded to find a brilliantly simple solution to the problem. On 5 January 1859, the electoral assembly in Iasi chose Colonel Alexandru Ioan Cuza to be ruler of Moldavia. On 24 January, Wallachia, too, elected its ruler, in the person of the same Alexandru Ioan Cuza! The Paris
of carol i: 48 years of stability When they expelled Cuza, the Romanian politicians were determined to put into practice the solution of a ‘foreign Prince’ which they had unsuccessfully begged Europe to allow them in 1857. They wanted a true dynasty such as they had never really had. The instability of reigns, the lack of clear rules of succession, and the power-struggles between boyars had all contributed to the decline of the Roman lands. The Romanians had hardly ever known anything except
and the Mures, a tributary of the Tisza, to the north. Its relative historical autonomy is due to the fact that it was a frontier territory with a clear military role. In the Middle Ages, it belonged to Hungary. In the sixteenth century, it was conquered by the Turks, who lost it again in 1718 to the Habsburgs. The war-ravaged territory was colonized and made viable again by its new masters. From the end of the seventeenth century, Serbs from south of the Danube took refuge here. Large numbers of
Romania, also spent a few years in London. In the period after the revolution of 1848, and on the eve of the Union of the Principalities, he represented the Romanians there on the European Democratic Committee founded by Giuseppe Mazzini. Between 1881 and 1890, the post of Romanian Minister Plenipotentiary in London was held by Ion Ghica (1816–1897), one of the most interesting Romanian politicians and intellectuals of the time, and moreover an ‘Anglophile’, a rare breed in a period filled with