Anti-semitism in Romania: historical legacies, contemporary challenges by ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Raul Cârstocea is now issued as ECMI Working Paper #81.
In the article Dr. Raul Cârstocea offers a brief survey of the modes of manifestation of anti-Semitism in Romania, from the time of the establishment of the state in the 19th century and until present day. While aware of the inherent limitations of attempting to carry out such an endeavour in the space of a short article, he believes that adopting such a broad historical perspective allows for observing patterns of continuity and change that could help explain some of the peculiarities of the Romanian varieties of anti-Semitism, as well as draw attention to the importance of a phenomenon that was central (albeit to varying degrees in different historical periods) to Romania’s modern history, and that is still visible in the country today. In doing so, the author aims both to provide a survey of the existing literature on the subject for the English-speaking audience, as well as to point out some of the gaps in the literature which call for further research on the
Finally, while the article will be limited to the case -study of Romania, some of
the patterns of prejudice explored in its pages display clear parallels with the situati on
in other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, while others point to context-specific particularities that render the Romanian case distinct from other countries in the
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