By Lucian Boia
Romania occupies a distinct place at the map of japanese Europe. it's a kingdom that provides many paradoxes. during this booklet the preeminent Romanian historian Lucian Boia examines his local land's improvement from the center a while to fashionable instances, delineating its tradition, heritage, language, politics and ethnic id. Boia introduces us to the heroes and myths of Romanian background, and offers an enlightening account of the heritage of Romanian Communism. He indicates how modernization and the impact of the West have divided the country - city as opposed to nation, nationalists as opposed to pro-European factions, the elite as opposed to the hundreds - and argues that Romania this day is in persistent trouble because it attempts to mend its identification and envision a destiny for itself.The booklet concludes with a travel of Bucharest, whose homes, streets and public monuments include Romania's conventional values and modern contradictions.
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The thesis he supported, by drawing on a bizarre amalgam of information and deduction, was that around 6000 BC Dacia had been the centre of a world empire incorporating Europe, the Mediterranean, Egypt, North Africa and a good part of Asia. It was from here, between the Danube and the Carpathians, that civilization flowed out over the whole world. It was from here too that the Romans’ ancestors set out for Italy. Dacian and Latin were merely dialects of the same language; it was not the Dacians who had ended up speaking Latin, but the Latins who spoke Dacian!
Thus the silence of the sources cannot be considered an argument against continuity. Medieval documents generally refer to the dominant elements in military and political terms. In any case, the Balkan Vlachs also appear late in the sources. A migration on such a large scale hardly seems credible. And if the sources do not mention the presence of Romanians north of the Danube, they also do not mention any migration of Romanians from the south. In other words, they say nothing about the formation of the Romanian people north of the Danube, but they also say nothing about its formation in the Balkans.
The Romanian upholders of continuity have ready replies to all of these arguments. They explain the similarities to Albanian in terms of a common Thracian, or Dacian, substrate. The words in question are thus precisely the Dacian element in the Romanian language. This is unfortunately an unverifiable hypothesis, as the Dacian language (and indeed the language of the Thracians in general) is unknown. The only certainty remains the similarity to Albanian (which moreover includes a number of words of Latin origin, some of them almost identical in the two languages).
Romania (Reaktion Books - Topographics) by Lucian Boia