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Land Reform and Nationalism: Romanians, Hungarians, and Jews in Interwar Transylvania, Romani
February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CES Lunchtime Symposium
3312 Turlington Hall
Bogdan Dumitru, Ph.D. candidate, History
The relationship between land rights and national discourse, while a central element of nation-building in East Central Europe, has been relatively neglected by contemporary historical scholarship on nationalism. Based on the analysis of legal disputes over land ownership between villages of different ethnic backgrounds, this talk discusses the relationship between land ownership inequality, land redistribution, and nationalism in interwar Romania. It will show that peasants were not simply passive actors acted upon by the state and nationalist elites. They played active roles in resisting, trying to alter or, sometimes, radicalizing the state’s nationalist discourse. lunch provided