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From the Ashes of Empire: Competing Nationalisms and the Radicalisation of Political Space in Interwar Romania

Monday, 3 December 2018, 6:30 – 8:30pm

From the Ashes of Empire: Competing Nationalisms and the Radicalisation of Political Space in Interwar Romania

This public lecture will be presented by Dr Raul Cârstocea, Lecturer in European Studies at the Europa Universität Flensburg and Fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena.

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This talk will address the idea of ‘the nation’ in Romania after 1918 and its importance for the radicalisation of interwar politics. It will briefly discuss the history of competing nationalisms in 19th century Romania, the country’s wartime experience and the post-war territorial changes that resulted in a significantly expanded and politically heterogeneous entity referred to as ‘Greater Romania.’ This territory was marked by the overlapping legacies of the three Eastern empires that collapsed at the end of the First World War (Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian). This incomplete or failed project of nationalisation and the numerous ‘questions’ it left unresolved, the talk argues, opened up the space for radical politics and led to the growing popularity of Romania’s native fascist movement – the ‘Legion of the Archangel Michael’ or ‘Iron Guard’. This talk will argue against the existence of a monolithic ‘Romanian nationalism’ and explore the fluid, intersecting, and competing nationalisms in Romania during this period.

This lecture is part of the 1918 and the New Europe lecture series.
See the full series here.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)
Contact Emailhubevent@tcd.ie
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