Lack of Romanian re-creation
- 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.
Jeffrey Heilveil M.S. Ld. Bogdan de la Brasov, C.W.
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