Hunyad castle, Hunedoara

         Hunyad castle, also known as Corvin castle. Romanian: Castelul Huniazilor sau Castelul Corvinilor. The medieval castle was a military fortified structure used for defense against the Ottomans. The castle was built in 1446 by Ioan de Hunedoara (Johannes de Hunyad) on land donated to his family by the King of Hungary in… Read More Hunyad castle, Hunedoara

Bellu manor – museum

The Bellu manor is a complex located in Urlati, Prahova county (southern Romania) which represents, through its architecture, a traditional Romanian manor house. Built in old Romanian style in the early XIX century by the family of Alexandru Bellu. The complex was donated by the family to the Romanian Academy, and from 1953 it functions… Read More Bellu manor – museum

Ceausescu’s Romania: 1965 – 1989

SOURCES: “Sovereign Debt, Austerity, and Regime Change: The Case of Nicolae Ceausescu’s Romania” – by Cornel Ban “The world economy and the Cold War, 1970–1985” – by Giovanni Arrighi “Crisis in the Eastern Bloc – Soviet and IMF looting in Romania” – by Executive Intelligence Review ________________________________________ Nicolae Ceausescu – a symbol of communist tyranny… Read More Ceausescu’s Romania: 1965 – 1989

Communist prisons: Fort XIII Jilava, Ramnicu-Sarat, Sighetu Marmatiei, Pitesti

“The biggest victory of communism – a victory dramatically revealed after 1989 – was the creation of a man without memory, the new man brainwashed to not have any memory of who he was, or what was, or what he did before Communism.” – extract from the Resistance and Victims of Communism Memorial . .… Read More Communist prisons: Fort XIII Jilava, Ramnicu-Sarat, Sighetu Marmatiei, Pitesti

The romanian peasant and agriculture

Sources – Peasants under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962 – The Great Rumanian Peasant Revolt of 1907: Origins of a Modern Jacquerie – Traditional Romanian Village Communities – Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture – Transforming Peasants, Property and Power – The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Post-socialist Transylvania  – Social… Read More The romanian peasant and agriculture