The making of united Romania: a 100 year journey

Thursday 11 October 2018,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

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In the annus mirabilis 1918, at the end of the bloodiest war history had ever known, Romanians fulfilled their most cherished political ideal – the unification of all provinces where they held majority: Transylvania, Banat, Crișana, Maramureș, Bessarabia, and Bukovina – with the Old Kingdom of Romania in one democratic, national state.

At this special talk, historian and President of the Romanian Academy Ioan-Aurel Pop will chart the events of this pivotal year, reviewing the major events that have defined the last 100 years of the country now known as Romania. The event is presented in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Romanian Unification of 1918. Introduced by Dr Jill Cook, British Museum.

Ioan-Aurel Pop is President of the Romanian Academy and the rector of the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He has been an invited professor at the Pittsburgh University (USA), INALCO in Paris, the University of Trento and the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Between 1994 and 1995 he was the director of the Romanian Cultural Center in New York, and between 2003 and 2007 the director of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanities Research in Venice. He has been a full member of the Romanian Academy, in the Historical Sciences and Archaeology section, since 2010. Pop has authored over 50 books, historical editions, treaties and university textbooks, including over 300 studies and articles. Among the distinctions he holds are: the Cavalier of Cultural Merit Order of the Romanian President (2010), the Cavalier of the Palmes Académiques Order of the French Republic (2016), and the Commander of Italy’s Star of the Italian Republic (2016).

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