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Rapports franco-roumains dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle
The French-Romanian relations in the first half of the 19th century

Author(s): Iulian Oncescu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Cetatea de Scaun
Keywords: contacts; consular relations; cultural influence; knowledge

Summary/Abstract: The Romanian-French relations have acknowledged a vigorous development during the Modern Age. The Romanian nation was guided in promoting the ties with France by her national strategy directed towards achieving the national unity and independence. The Romanian-French relations have been intensified already during the 17th and the 18th centuries, but it was only during the first half of the 19th century that they became firmly established. A French consular office was created in 1798 in Bucharest and viceconsulship in Iassy. The Romanians have started to have the direct knowledge of France after 1821. Paris became a centre of cultural, politic and ideological formation for the Romanian elite. The French language became in the Romanian Principalities the language of the salons, the books of the French authors were translated into Romanian and enjoyed a large circulation and the French plays were staged in Bucharest and Iassy. The Romanian youth studying in Paris took part in the French 1848 revolution before returning back home to spread the French ideology. Conversely, the French society came into contact with the Romanian realities rather by observing the Romanians studying in France. The French politicians and diplomats enjoyed the access to the reports of the French consular agents dispatched in Bucharest and Iassy.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 5-6
  • Page Range: 9-16
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: French