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Lack of Romanian re-creation

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  • Jeff Heilveil
    Salut! Another reason that there is so little done with recreation in Transylvania has to do with pride. My sample case will be the city of Brasov (Kronstadt,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2000
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      Salut! Another reason that there is so little done with recreation in
      Transylvania has to do with pride. My sample case will be the city of
      Brasov (Kronstadt, or Corona, however you so choose). The city was
      founded probably somewhere in the 12th century. According to a book I am
      (off and on, very slowly) translating, the medieval layout can still be
      seen today. You would think that this would be a terrific opportunity to
      understand life as it was.... Why don't they? Look at the history of
      Brasov. People don't like to be depressed. The native Transylvanians
      (leaving the whole Magyar/Romanian issue aside) had a small city built.
      The Hungarians came in the late 12th early 13th century and took over.
      Between 1210ish and at least until 1350 the Mongols came in and wiped out
      parts of the town about every 3-7 years (Mongols as locusts... there's a
      thought for another thread). In order to deal with this Andreas II of
      Hungary called in German knights in 1211 and asked them to patrol the
      border. He had to give them permission to build wooden and later stone
      buildings. Why? Well, they had already done it and it needed to look
      like the German landesknechts were under control. So as a native of
      Brasov you are dealing with three sets of other nationalities coming in
      and ruling you for a long period of occupation. That section of Romania
      wasn't unified until Stephan cel Mare, which was at the end of peroid, so
      obviously that area of history is a sore point. Sure, there is Vlad
      Tepes, the little boy who was sent to the Turk's as tribute, was
      tourtured, watched his brother killed, raised to do things in the Turkish
      way (punishment was traditionally done by staking) and sent home to rule.
      When he puts into practice the things he was surrounded by in the Turkish
      court he gets labeled a demon by everyone around him. Sure, anecdotes
      about his tell us a lot, like the one where a woman was staked supposedly
      because her husband's shirt didn't come to mid-thigh (I don't remember the
      reference off the top of my head), but again, that isn't the history of
      which you want to be proud. The lot of the medieval Romanian does not
      exactly enamor most people to the history of the time period. Only those
      of us who can see the interesting side of dealing with constant threats
      from multiple sources would really bother. So at least for this area,
      while it is a great loss, it is partially understandable that the
      Romanians are not quick to re-create their history.

      You must also remember that turning profit off of history is not
      necessarily a value ingrained in every society. There are many (like the
      Aboriginal Australians) who feel that history is to be shared (as in their
      great and wonderous corrobories) and probably the concept of "selling"
      their history is as foreign to them as giving away money (without a tax
      break) is to capitolists.

      Just a few thoughts to get the morning going.

      Cu drag,

      Jeffrey Heilveil M.S. Ld. Bogdan de la Brasov, C.W.
      Department of Entomology A Bear's paw and base vert on field argent
      University of Illinois
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      Once one dismisses the rest of all possible worlds, one finds that this is
      the best of all possible worlds.
      -Voltaire, _Candide_
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