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Romania and the Quest for European Identity

Philo-Germanism without Germans



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Romania and the Quest for European Identity by Cristian Cercel

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The election, in 2014, of Klaus Iohannis as Romania's president was hailed as evidence that the country had chosen a 'European' future. That Iohannis belonged to the tiny German minority was also considered to have contributed to his success. German prestige in Romania is a long standing phenomenon and its impact and interlinked issues constitute the crux of this book exploring post-1989 Romania and the construction of a European identity. Deconstructing the overwhelmingly positive representations of Romanian Germans within the country and the incongruencies implied by the construction of a 'civilised' German other and 'uncivilised' Romanian self the author explores representations of the German minority comparing this with perceptions of other national ethnic groups. Providing a fresh analysis the book offers a critical study of the cultural processes and discourses associated with post-Communist 'Europeanisation' providing a better understanding of unequal West-East relationships following the fall of the Iron Curtain and an analytical lens through which to study other majority-minority relationships.
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September 15th, 2018
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United Kingdom
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