Alexandru Tzigara Samurcaş during the years of occupation (1916-1918). New archival sources Cover Image

Alexandru Tzigara Samurcaş în anii ocupaţiei (1916-1918). Surse inedite
Alexandru Tzigara Samurcaş during the years of occupation (1916-1918). New archival sources

Author(s): Radu Tudorancea
Subject(s): History, Economic history, Military history, Political history, Recent History (1900 till today), Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919)
Published by: Institutul de Istorie Nicolae Iorga
Keywords: Romania; First World War; Bucharest under Occupation; Cultural debates; Alexandru Tzigara Samurcaş;

Summary/Abstract: The present paper deals with the behaviour of Romanian intellectuals which have remained on the occupied territory during the First World War, focusing on a key-player Romanian personality of that time, namely Alexandru Tzigara Samurcaş, often labelled by some of his opponents as being a colaborationist. Blamed for his close relations with the representatives of German Administration, Alexandru Tzigara Samurcaş obviously needs a new and balanced approach regarding his conduct, without exaggerations and parti-pris.The research tackles the controversy surrounding his activity during the occupation of a significant part of Romanian territory (including Bucharest) by the Central Powers, starting with his conduct as Chief of (Romanian) Police of Bucharest and representative of the Romanian Royal House and continuing with the polemics with other Romanian major personalities which continued during the interwar decades. Based on new archival sources, the research is oriented towards unveiling all significant aspects related to his activity, including the rationale behind many of his initiatives, both during the war/occupation and after.

  • Issue Year: 19/2020
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 28-48
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Romanian