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Familia regală la Sibiu în primii ani după Unire


The Royal Family in Sibiu in the first years after the Union

The visits undertaken by representatives of the royal family in Transylvania in the interwar period have a special meaning. The physical presence of members of the dynasty of Romania represented an act of affirmation of the legitimacy and suzerainty over the territory acquired in 1918. This was even more necessary under the circumstances that after the First World War the political circles in Hungary launched a sudden campaign of an unprecedented vehemence and scale, asking for the support of the international public opinion and of the governments of the Western countries, for the revision of the Trianon Treaty, which had ‘mutilated’ the Hungarian state borders, aiming at the restitution of Transylvania which had been unfairly ‘torn off’ the body of Hungary. Also, one should not forget that the Transylvanian Romanians had lived for more than two centuries under an imperial regime in which the myth of ‘the good emperor’ had been deeply engraved in the collective mentality. A new symbolic image meant to replace the picture of the former sovereigns had to be engineered. Through the major reasons that it fulfilled in the national movement of the Transylvanian Romanians in the modern age, through its exceptional contribution to the defense and development of the national culture, by its institutions and great scholars, the town of Sibiu individualized itself strongly and forever in the Romanian history. Therefore, the town could not be omitted by the royal family in its visits in Transylvania and, indeed, the presence of the sovereigns of Romania is repeatedly reported in Sibiu in the first interwar decade. The study aims to capture the way the residents of Sibiu reacted to these events.

Keywords: Romanian royal family, Sibiu, dynasticism, Astra, Cavalry School


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