January 15, 2011

Poltics and Transylvania, Romania

This I have to wonder about, what are they teaching in schools these days.  I was at a friends house, and they are from Transylvania, but they originally came from Bucharest.  Bear this in mind, we have three points we normally do not ever talk about.

1) The European Union:  For some reason, the topic has never come up, and for the most part since we don't live in the area anymore we don't talk about it.

2) Politics, and for good reason.

3) Money. (Just bad manners to talk about that!)

At any rate they speak a bit of English and my Romanian is poor, I don't speak it as often as I'd like, but I am learning, my family speaks Saxon, which is a German dialect found in Transylvania, and southern part of Germany, but politics we talked about.

I found a love book on Transylvania, a history book on the shelves at their home, after they had shown it to me, it was published in Bucharest, but even then there were a few dates and facts which didn't seem right.  It didn't cause any arguments, just a comment that everyone has their points of view. (one such fact was that Micheal the brave-- a great man who united the three principalities which became Romania in 1919, lived on until 1610.  He was killed in 1600.  Another Queen Marie of Romania, who died in 1938, was the child of Edward VII (Queen Victoria's son-- she was a granddaughter of Victoria, but the daughter of Alfred, the second son) 

Fact: Transylvania is a part of Romania since 1919.  Current history. 

Fact:  The majority of the people of Transylvania were... of the Romanian Orthodox Church.  As for being Romanian, my friend pointed out that dependant upon census reading and who wanted money, (that issue number 3) they might say they were more "Romanian" or more "Hungarian"  the point was while Transylvania was in Hungary it was better to be more "Hungarian" so the numbers are as such this way.

Fact: Transylvania was a part of at some point in time: Hungary, Its own Independent Principality, a part of the Grand principalities of Wallachia, Moldovia, and Transylvania (for a year), and then the Dacian Empire, The Roman Empire, The Austrian Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and countless other permutations.  So, Transylvania as "been on the move."

Fact: Transylvania is a place where there are more Romanians. However, this is where my friend and I put on our thinking caps, and offered a few suggestions:  1) That there is a mass immigration of Romanians from other regions not Transylvania. 2) That with people leaving Transylvania during the 1940-1980s (IE) Saxons, Hungarians, Jewish, Roma) the numbers were then certain to go up in terms of there being more Romanians 3) See number 1.

It was a good evenings, and talks like this add to my understanding of the harsh politics which Transylvania still faces in the area. Things aren't as cut and dry, and of course history can be altered, but again, a discussion where asking about facts should be exactly that, a time to learn.

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