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The Empire. Between dispute and nostalgia

Edited By Emanuel Plopeanu, Gabriel Stelian Manea and Metin Omer

The book examines how different imperial models of diplomacy, administration, economics, and cultural and religious policies were challenged or, on the contrary, defended during and after the collapse of the Empires that promoted them. It provides an overview from multiple perspectives of the imperial phenomenon in all its dimensions, and the studies published in this volume address broad chronological segments and geographical areas relevant to the imperial idea.

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A Book as Wedding Gift: Nicolae Iorga, the 1921 Romanian-Greek Royal Weddings, and the Paths of Knowledge Exchange


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Bogdan Popa*

A Book as Wedding Gift

Nicolae Iorga, the 1921 Romanian-Greek Royal Weddings, and the Paths of Knowledge Exchange

Abstract: In 1921 Nicolae Iorga published in Bucharest Roumains et Grecs au cours de siècles à l’occasion des mariages princiers de MDCCCXXI. This book was especially written on the occasion of the Romanian-Greek Royal weddings. In this chapter, I aim to set this book in the context of Nicolae Iorga’s work and to open an investigation into the existing paths of knowledge exchange, for example, the ways and means used to make Romanian publications available to a wider foreign public. The early 1920s were marked by the aftermath of the First World War and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires, events which eased emergence of “Greater Romania”. This situation requested a more coherent state-backed propaganda. Thus, books and intellectual ideas became a relevant diplomatic tool for the Romanian government.

Keywords: book publishing, knowledge exchange, foreign relations, diplomacy, Nicolae Iorga

On 27 February 1921, princess Elisabeta of Romania (1894–1956) married the crown prince of Greece, George (1890–1947). The wedding took place in Bucharest. On 10 March 1921, the heir to the Romanian throne, Carol (1893–1953), Elisabeta’s elder brother, married princess Elena of Greece (1896–1982), his new sister-in-law. This wedding was held in Athens.

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