March 25, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9781472465054 - CAT# Y257703
Series: Southeast European Studies
Exploring the largely positive representations of Romanian Germans predominating in post-1989 Romanian society, this book shows that the underlying reasons for German prestige are strongly connected with Romaniaâ€™s endeavours to become European.
The election, in 2014, of Klaus Iohannis as Romaniaâ€™s president was hailed as evidence that the country chose a â€™Europeanâ€™ future: that Iohannis belonged to Romaniaâ€™s tiny German minority was also considered to have played a part in his success. Cercel argues that representations of Germans in Romania, former 12th and 18th century colonists, become actually a symbolic resource for asserting, but also for questioning Romaniaâ€™s European identity. Such representations link Romaniaâ€™s much wished for European belonging with German presence, whilst German absence is interpreted as a sign of veering away from Europe. Investigating this case of discursive "self-colonization" and this apparent symbolic embrace of the German other in Romania, the book offers a critical study of the discourses associated with Romaniaâ€™s post-Communist â€™Europeanizationâ€™ to contribute a better understanding of contemporary West-East relationships in the European context.
This fresh and insightful approach will interest postgraduates and scholars interested in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and in German minorities outside Germany. It should also appeal to scholars of memory studies and for those interested in the study of otherness in general.
Chapter 1 - "Only Another German Can Jolt Us Out of Our Eternal Boycotting of History"
Chapter 2 - Europe: The West and the East, betwixt and between
Chapter 3 - Germans in Romania. A Brief Historical Background.
Chapter 4 - The Self and the Other
Chapter 5 - "...A Valuable and Unmistakable Contribution to the Life of Romanian Society"
Chapter 6 - "They Who Have No Germans, Should Buy Some"
Chapter 7 - 7. "The Rich Villages Around Sibiu and Brasov Have Been Invaded by the Gypsy Migration"
Chapter 8 - Conclusions