Romanians Unite: the First Act

23/01/2018 @ Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH

As we begin the Centenary Year, celebrating the unification of all Romanian provinces in 1918, we could not have possibly overlooked the momentous event on January 24th 1859, which brought together Wallachia and Moldavia as the first step towards the national unification that was to be accomplished at the end of the First World War. We evoke what came to be known as 'The Small Union' in the company of historians David Brown of the University of Southampton and Dennis Deletant of the University College London and Georgetown University, joined by journalist Ion M. Ioniță, editor-in-chief of ‘Historia’ magazine. The panel will look at what made this extraordinary event possible, including the Crimean War, the role of Great Britain and other Great Powers in the process, and how this changed the international politics in the Danube region. The conversation will be illustrated by fragments from the documentary 'Romania Was Born in Jassy' / „România s-a născut la Iaşi”, produced by Gabriela Baiardi for TVR Iaşi.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Romanian Embassy. With introductory remarks by HE Dan Mihalache, the Ambassador of Romania.

David Brown is Professor of Modern History and the Head of the History Department of the University of Southampton. He has worked extensively on the life and career of Lord Palmerston, the Victorian foreign secretary and prime minister, and published two books drawing on this research, “Palmerston and the politics of foreign policy 1846-55” (Manchester UP, 2002) and “Palmerston: A Biography” (Yale UP, 2010).  He continues to work on the history of Britain's relations with the wider-world, an interest that has underpinned much of his work on Palmerston. His other main area of current research focuses on the diaries of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. Alongside this, prof. Brown is also looking at the politics of social reform and the role of the state.

Dennis Deletant is Professor in the Practice of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University. He was Emeritus Professor of Romanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London, where he taught between 1969 and 2011. Prof. Deletant was appointed to the board of the British Government’s ‘Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe’ in 1990 and was actively involved in its work in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova until 1999. For this service he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1995. In 2016, he was awarded the National Order of the Star of Romania for his contribution to Romanian studies. He is the author of several monographs and volumes of studies on the recent history of Romania, among them “Ceauşescu and the Securitate: Coercion and Dissent in Romania, 1965-89” (London; New York, 1996), “Romania under Communist Rule” (Bucharest, 1998), “Communist Terror in Romania: Gheorghiu-Dej and the Police State, 1948-1965”, (London; New York, 1999) and “Ion Antonescu. Hitler’s Forgotten Ally” (London: New York, 2006).

Ion M. Ioniţă is senior editor of ‘Adevărul’ newspaper and editor-in-chief of ‘Historia’ magazine. Until 2016, he was editor-in-chief of  ‘Foreign Policy Romania’ magazine. A journalist since 1990, he is known as an internal as well as a European and international policy analyst, and has collaborated with the most important TV and radio stations. Ion M. Ioniţă is also the producer of the "Voice of the Nation" programme on Realitatea TV channel.

When: Tuesday 23 January, 7 pm
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London SW1X8PH

Admission is free, but places are limited. Please confirm your attendance on Eventbrite.