January 20, 2011

Is Transylvania a Part of Europe?

Yes Transylvania is a part of Europe.  It has been a part of Europe, the continent since as long as there was a Europe.  At the same time, Transylvania has many identities.

Transylvania is a part of Romania.  This country, as it is now in the present day has had the same geographical borders since 1947.  Before this time, Transylvania was a part of Romania (Greater Romania) From the years 1919 until 1940.  Then the Northern half of Transylvania was a part of Hungary.

Either way it is important to note that Transylvania is a part of Europe which ever country it was in.  It suffered much of the same fates as the countries which it was a part of, for good or for ill.  It is a culturally interesting place, and that makes it valued by Europe.

There are not too many places where so many different cultures live, and work in reasonable harmony.  ( you can at least talk to others about their culture and be angry but there has not been a civil war because of that)  It is alive in many senses of the word. 

It is a part of a place where history has come alive.  It is a part of Europe and still has a role to play in it.

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