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A Concise History of Romanians

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,619 ratings  ·  69 reviews
This book presents captivating stories about Romania’s past in the larger context of European and world history. Prof. Djuvara sets aside the academic tone to recount the story of Romanians, without taboos or prejudices. Common misunderstandings are brought to light and clarified, such as the story of Vlad the Impaler and the role played by Romania in World War II. Read ab ...more
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Cross Meridian (first published 1999)
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Ms. Smartarse
Translated into English as A Concise History of Romanians.

This was one of those books whose title made me give it a wide berth, while the rest of the world was busy singing its praises. Once I gave it a chance however, I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it. My only regret is not having listened to the audiobooks till the end, and rushing through the written version half way through.

As the title notes, this is an extremely short history of the Romanians, from about 200 BC till 1991 AD.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-done
A 5 stars book. It made me feel like there's still hope. There was a lot that I didn't knew about my history, the history of my country. And Neagu Djuvara gives a great big picture with this book.
I only wish that I would've read this when I was younger.
Surely one book that I will recommend to my son.
Michael Scott
O Scurta Istorie is a nice little gem of a history book. In it, Neagu Djuvara tells his story, the story of the Romanian people. The book is aimed at non-experts, for example school and high-school pupils; admittedly, it was just fine for this reader. Djuvara confesses from the beginning that one of his goals in writing this book is to try to rectify some of the glaring "re-definitions" of historical knowledge made over the past 70 years in Romania, that is, under the Communist and post-Communis ...more
Ovidiu-Cristian Suatean
The book that revived my passion for history
Andrei Hognogi
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This is elementary Romanian history, not very different than the one taught, with a couple of different unexpected accents:
1. Turkik (Cumans) culture at the time of the first vlachian kings.
2. Freemason influence over the 1848 revolution
3. A welcome critique of how some decision were made and and why some of them were wrong.
Victor Negut
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with the beginning passages of this book, claiming that history is not objective. But there is a scale and I do wish this were more thorough, more academically rigorous in its study of the Romanian peoples. In other words I wish the book was much longer. Regardless it is fascinating and a rare source information on this part of the world, and unfortunately there are probably no such sources in the English language yet.
Dan Fizesan
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read. kind of an summary of the whole Romanian history in one book.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd love to read the unabridged version as well. Amazing work. ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing view of the Romanian history - without the usual jingoistic "academic" content.
A credible historian, which tries to portray the history with honesty, revealing details that are hidden from more "patriotic" tomes.

There is no shame in not being the centre of the universe and being not exactly whiter than white in our past - as long as we accept the past as it was , we can build the future on solid ground, not on fairy stories.

I read the illustrated edition, with maps, portraits and d
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a very intersting book for young people that would like to know the history of Romania and romanins. As well can be used by others to refresh their knowledge of history.
There are some ideas in it that are out of the main stream of most historians. One of them is the fact that the first rulers in Walachia were cumans, not romanians, as most historians agree.
My copy of this book is in romanian.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot but it wasn't quite what I expected. This book, I'm pretty sure, was written for Romanians. As a non-Romanian, there were many details I would have liked that were left out. I kept getting the feeling the target audience had already consumed an in-depth stock history and this book is intended to pose a different perspective and emphasize details that had been obscure. Refuting the text-book version of events was somewhat wasted on me, since I had not read the text book. ...more
Great book. A concise, but complex book of Romania and all its history. A good starting point with an overall view of what made Romania what it is today.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Excellent book. Please note that the English version has been published and is available on Amazon (all sites). ISBN 1478132043
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanian, history
Romanian history falsified by the speculations of an old man.
Andrei Roibu
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are ever interested in the history of Romania but don't have the time or commitment to put too much history into reading about it, then this work is best suited for you. ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PERFECT FOR STUDYING - I GOT A 9+ THANKu MR. Djuvara ^^ It was a pleasue 8D
Eran Rabl
Jul 15, 2017 marked it as could-not-finish
Although the subject is fascinating, I couldn't handle the informal language and the blatant pro-Romania/anti-whatever propaganda in the short parts I did read. ...more
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NEAGU M. DJUVARA s-a născut la Bucureşti în 1916, într-o familie de origine aromână aşezată în ţările române la sfârşitul secolului al XVIII-lea, care a dat ţării mai mulţi oameni politici, diplomaţi şi universitari. Licenţiat în litere la Sorbona (istorie, 1937) şi doctor în drept (Paris, 1940). Participă la campania din Basarabia şi Transnistria ca elev-ofiţer de rezervă (iunie-noiembrie 1941); ...more

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