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Raul Cârstocea
Research Fellow (10/2012 – 09/2013)

Negotiating Modernity – The Role of the Jewish Community in Shaping Perceptions of Tradition and Progress in Interwar Romania


CarstoceaThe project addresses the role of the Jewish community in Romania in the intellectual debates surrounding the issue of the country’s modernisation. In a late modernising country with many of its traditional social structures still intact, the interplay between tradition and modernity represented the focus of the discussions regarding possible patterns of development ever since the creation of the new state in the 19th century. In such a context, the issue of the Jewish minority, predominantly urban, more literate and skilled than the majority population, while at the same time perceived by the Romanian majority as a competing group that had preserved its solid community bonds and was much more united along national lines, was inextricably linked with the discussion surrounding the process of nation-building. The present project explores the dynamics of the relationship between the Jewish minority and the Romanian majority in a country ‘negotiating’ its passage to modernity.


Raul Cărstocea obtained a PhD degree in History from University College London in 2011, with a thesis examining the role of anti-Semitism in the ideology of the ‘Legion of the Archangel Michael’, Romania’s interwar fascist movement. From January to June 2012 he held a Teaching Fellowship in History at the same institution. He has published several articles dealing with extreme right groups and the development of anti-Semitism in Romania.


List of Publications Raul Cârstocea


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