Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Middle Ages didn't end here till the mid or late 19th century

One of the reasons I so love Romania, or at least the Regat, is that the Middle Ages didn't end here till the mid or late 19th century. No Reformation (outside Transylvania and the Banat), no Enlightenment.

The French Revolution did have a very delayed but very great impact, but 'liberté' was understood in the Balkans not as personal freedom but as 'national self-determination'. Fraternité, of course, meant nationalism. But in the end the French Revolution indirectly did for Romania, via its bastard offspring, Nazism and Communism.


  1. The Romanian motto: Liberte, Fraternite, Realite!

  2. I'm not sure Nazism -as an ideology - had a direct impact on Romania. Antonescu (the military dictator) was not a Nazi per se (I thought his first wife was Jewish) and he even persecuted some elements of the far right. He saw himself as a generalissimo, like Franco or Pinochet in more recent times, but there was no Aryan supremacy element to his administration's rule, nor was there any mystic quest for living space. From what I read, he was quite pro-American (isn't that the case with every Romanian leader?) but very anti-Soviet, which was not uncommon back then, when the Soviet Union was seen much like ISIS is seen nowadays (a Middle Eastern death cult).

  3. I didn't mean to imply that Antonescu was a Nazi. I meant that Hitler's decision to invade Poland, Soviet Russia etc led to Romania becoming a Communist state.

    1. If Germany hadn't invaded Russia, Russia would have attacked Germany at some point. Everyone agrees they would have gone to war eventually. Its Britain and America that led to Romania becoming communist by allying with Soviet Russia and helping to remove its main rival. Without the Western Allies the USSR would have been beaten. If Romanians have anyone to thank for Ceausescu and Pitesti prison it should be the Brits. Germany's dispute with Poland (in which Poland was arguably the much more guilty party) should have had nothing to do with Britain. The fact that they didn't simultaneously declare war on the USSR for invading Poland is undeniable proof that Poland was just a pretext for an aggressive war that certain parties in Britain and America had already decided on.

    2. I think Stalin would probably have defeated Germany without British or American help, but no one can know.