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March 24, 2023

Neagu Djuvara receives Bucharest University Doctor Honoris Causa title

Historian Neagu Djuvara receives today the Doctor Honoris Causa title from Bucharest University at a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. in the Stoicescu Hall of the Faculty of Law Palace of the Bucharest University, according to Mediafax. A memorialist, philosopher in history and historian, Neagu Djuvara is unanimously recognized as one of the major Romanian contemporary intellectuals. Doctor Honoris Causa is an honorary title given by a university or institution of higher learning to an outstanding figure that distinguished themselves in professional, social or political field. Neagu Djuvara was born in Bucharest in 1916 into an Aromanian family who gave several politicians diplomats and academe to this country. He attended law and history studies in Paris during the interwar period. Having become a Foreign Ministry employee by contest, he was sent as a diplomatic officer to Stockholm in the morning of August 23, 1944, in connection with peace negotiations with the Soviet Union. Appointed by the Sanatescu Government as secretary of legation in Stockholm, Neagu Djuvara stayed in Sweden until September 1947, when the communists take over the Foreign Ministry as well. Implicated in the political trials in the autumn of 1947, he decides to remain abroad, being active in various Romanian exile organizations. In 1961, he goes to the Republic of Niger where he will remain for 23 years as a diplomatic counselor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Meanwhile, he resumes his studies at Sorbonne. In May 1972, he earns his Ph.D in philosophy of history from Sorbonne University and later on a diploma from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris.

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