Titulescu European Foundation – books up for debate

The Titulescu European Foundation organized, in the course of this week, two exceptional debates, attended by numerous academy members, historians, diplomats and former ambassadors, officials and journalists.
Yesterday, the foundation staged a roundtable titled “How contemporary history is read”, starting from the volume “Cumintenia pamantului” (La Sagesse de la Terre), signed by Academy member and former diplomat Mircea Malita. The survival strategies recurring throughout the history of the Romanian people, which the author addresses, were commented and analyzed by various figures from the fields of history and diplomacy, from multiple vantage points. The academician Dan Berindei paid homage to the author whom he considers, first and foremost, a historian and whose books, he argues, one reads as breathlessly as a crime novel. “In this book, Malita analyzed our past, as well as our present, and there are even some glimpses of the future,” Dan Berindei argued, adding that “all is not lost, there is still a glimmer of hope”.

Wednesday’s debate focused on an original work, “The General Dictionary of the 1989 Romanian Revolution”, issued by the Romanian Revolution Institute and edited by Gheorghe Sbarnea and Valentin Marin. The authors themselves admitted the dictionary was open to criticism as it had failed to include some people, but the list was long and included both people involved in the revolution, as well as the chronology of the events taking place between December 14 and December 31, 1989.

Attending the event, the former president Ion Iliescu argued that the dictionary “is not a document meant to stir polemics, but a dictionary which provides concrete data on the actual revolution”.

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