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Archéologie identitaire et construction politique chez Kogãlniceanu et Bãlcescu
Identity Archeology and Political Building in Kogãlniceanu and Bãlcescu’s Works

Author(s): Silvia Marton
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti

Summary/Abstract: Mihail Kogãlniceanu and Nicolae Bãlcescu, historians, writers and politicians, important actors of the revolution of 1848 in the Romanian Principalities, dedicated much of their early historical writings to the justification of the nation-state. Their main concern, common to the ’48 generation across Europe, was to answer to the most important question related to the process of nation building and state building: ”Who are we?”, 1848 being for the Romanians the first moment of the collective constitutional memory. The article contends that the two historians retroactively applied to the past categories specific to the 19th century, the past itself being a weapon and guide for the future. Both Kogãlniceanu and Bãlcescu submitted the political project of nation-state building to a archeology identity called upon to justify.

  • Issue Year: 5/2005
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 879-889
  • Page Count: 1
  • Language: French