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Romania, 1916–1941
A Political History

ISBN 9780367774035
Published August 19, 2022 by Routledge
270 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This study challenges the rose-tinted view of the interwar period in Romanian history, which is often judged against the darkness of almost five decades of Communist rule.

Romania, like several of the states of Eastern Europe, emerged from the First World War as it had entered it, as a predominantly agricultural country, and one of its major problems was the condition of the peasantry. This volume’s focus is the drive to improve that condition, on the collapse of democracy, and the search by Romania’s leaders for strategies to secure the state, to assert the country’s independence, and to maintain its territorial integrity in the face of the threat to the European order posed by two totalitarian systems, represented by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. By examining recent scholarship, this volume provides the most up-to-date account of Romania’s predicament in the interwar years.

Romania, 1916–1941 is a useful resource for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars interested in foreign policy, politics, society, internationalization and late development in interwar Central and Eastern Europe.

Table of Contents

1. Prologue, 2. Romania 1916-1929. Politics, 3. Romania 1918-1940. Economics and Society, 4. Foreign Policy. 1918-1940, 5. The Cession of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, 6. Romania 1930-1940. Politics, 7. The National Legionary State, 1940-1941, 8. Military Dictatorship, 9. Romania at War, 1941, 10. Conclusion

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Dennis Deletant is Emeritus Professor in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, UK. He has authored many books including Romania under Communism (2019), British Clandestine Activities in Romania during the Second World War (2016), and Ceau?escu and the Securitate (2016).