For centuries, Romania and the Romanians have been the 'in-between'. Geographical as well as political situated between the Latin occident and the Byzantine orient, Romanians lived intertwined with Hungarians, German Saxons, Szeklers, Armenians, Jews, Tartars, Gypsies, and others as the guardians of communication channels between worlds and cultures. Ioan-Aurel Pop demonstrates the adaptable nature of the southeast European 'borderlands', while underlining a set of reoccurring traits like religion and/or confession, real and/or imagined 'national' identities. The backbone of his studies is political: Starting with the rise of the Romanians in late medieval times he follows their steady and eventually abrupt downfall. Focusing on late medieval and early modern Church and State matters he describes the emerging of a language bound identity 'in between' and in close connection to a selective revival of Antiquity. Pop provides insights into a succession of falls and rises that formed the Romanian identity and connected them to the modern divergent world. Ioan-Aurel Pop is Professor of Medieval History at the Babe?-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, and the President of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest. His research focuses on Church and State in East-Central and South-Eastern Europe, on late medieval crusading and on humanism.
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