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By Lucian Boia

Taken from the principle that there's a significant distinction among actual heritage and discourse heritage, Boia issues out that background is continually reconstructed, tailored and occasionally mythified from the point of view of the current day, of current states of brain and ideologies. Boia heavily examines the method of ancient tradition and judgment of right and wrong in 19th and 20th century Romania, relatively focusing on the impression of the nationwide ideology on heritage. dependent upon his findings, the writer identifies a number of key legendary configurations and analyses the way within which Romanians have reconstituted their very own hugely ideologized historical past during the last centuries. In essence, the writer has tried to completely deconstruct the Romanian historiographic process and exhibit the expanding acuteness of nationwide difficulties usually, and particularly the exploitation of heritage to aid nationwide ideology.

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J . “polarizing” seems to be inevitable for the time being. I wrote in Histop and My& that inthetraditionalRomanianhistoriographicaldiscourse“differences of interpretation and accent, such as we find, for example, in the school textbooks, do not affect the overall coherence of the model. We are far. from the French. ” However, it seems that this is what we have come to: a model similar to the old French model (albeit structured on other criteria). As in France a century and more ago, these are the aftereffects of a revolutionarytrauma: a fissuredsociety,withreference points not only different, but actually opposite.

The only solution was to look to the West, especially to the Latin idea, and to appeal above all to thegreatLatinsister:France. The Frenchmodel, and in a 38 HISTORY AND MYTH IN ROMANIAN CONSCIOUSNESS sense the “French illusion”,developedinto a fundamentalreference point for nineteenth-century Romaniansociety. In yet another dramatic and insoluble contradiction, the Romanianstriedtobreak away fromthe part of Europe to whichthey nonetheless clearlybelonged, and’ to set sail,intherealm of the imaginary, towards the shores of the West.

The wearers of new clothes, with ideas to match, were, for the most pait, youngboyars. In any case, the social category which as asomewhatinsubstantialmiddleclass,rather than a wemightdescribe bourgeoisie in the strict sense, was far from being highly receptive to what was happening in the west of the continent. The chronicle of Dionisie the Ecclesiarch, completedaround 1815, seemstobehighlycharacteristic of the culture and attitudes of the “small townsman” at the time when the process of modernization was about to take off.

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