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De la polemică acerbă la pact de colaborare: C. Stere şi A.A. Bădărău (II)

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From polemic to collaboration pact

The present work intends to examine the evolution of the relationship between C. Stere, former socialist who  joined the Liberal National Party, and A. A. Bădărău, former socialist and the founder of the Radical Democrat Party, which eventually merged with the Conservative Party. The relationship starts with a biting polemic, between October 1898 and March 1899, in which C. Stere is defeated, being in a very unfavourable position, as a result of his election for the position of mayor deputy of Iaşi on the Liberal lists. The defeat itself in the “fight of ideas”, but especially the numerous blows which had as target vulnerable parts of his personality became an important factor in the decision of the majority of the socialist intellectuals – “the generous youth” – to join the Liberal National Party in January 1900. From the new and much stronger position, C. Stere immediately restarted the fight with the conservative politicians in Iaşi, having as target especially A. A. Bădărău, getting his revenge in a very powerful pamphlet entitled Bădăranul boierit (The Boor Who Became a Boyard). A new round of the polemic between the two personalities takes place in the elections period in 1903 – 1904, this time the two parties having more fair-play, more mutual respect. This was also the basis on which, later, in 1908 – 1909, a secret pact is signed between C. Stere, who had become president of the National Liberal Party Organization in Iaşi and A. A. Bădărău, who was an important name in the Democrat Conservative Party (led by Take Ionescu) – pact which functioned until the entrance of Romania in the First World War. The study thus completes C. Stere’s biography and brings into light somewhat hidden parts of his portrait. At the same time, more of his published texts are recuperated. Eventually, it brings a few new elements, which bring more light in the politic events at the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX century.
Keywords: Romanian history, history of Romanian politics, Liberal National Party, Constantin Stere, A.A: Bădărău, Conservative Party

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