The Image of Romania and the Romanians, the Portuguese Legation Perspective in Bucharest
Mircea Brie, Sorin Sipos, Ioan Horga (coord), Ethno-Confessional Realities in the Romanian Area, supplement Eurolimes, Editura Universitatii din Oradea, 2011, p.157-171,
12 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2011
Based on a unique archive material, found in the Portuguese archives in Lisbon and in the Romanian ones in Bucharest, I tried in this paper to outline the image of Romanians and inter-war Romania, vision of the Portuguese Legation in Bucharest. The analyzed diplomatic notes were prepared by Martinho de Brederode, the Portuguese diplomat, the first Plenipotentiary Minister of the Portuguese Republic in the Balkans. Philologist as intellectual formation, Martinho of Brederode, in the thousands of pages that he sent to the Lisbon authorities, tried to explain a country that adopted him until the end of his life. The reality is multiple and inexhaustible, and its representation in this case can only be limited, simplified and inevitably subjective. History is one, but how many visions and interpretations can be made on its edge?
Keywords: image, Romania, the Portuguese Legation, the inter-war period
JEL Classification: B25, F10
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