Nobility, Power, and National Identity in the Romanian Principalities at the Beginning of the 19th Century

By Nelu-Cristian Ploscaru.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In a book entitled Language and Symbolic Power, Pierre Bourdieu defined the relationship between identity, language and representation the fact that identity is the subject of mental representations, as acts of perception and appreciation, knowledge and recognition of people, expressed through a language that reflect their interests and assumptions. Understanding national identity in this manner, an interdisciplinary research must relate to the representation as part of historical reality, not as a deformation reality, furthermore, to examine the confrontation between representations, as mental images conveyed by various social actors, trying thereby to justify a position of power in society and state.
In this conceptual horizon our paper is placed, which aims to examine in the context how social and political actors from the Romanian Principalities elite built their legitimacy of competing in the competition for power by appealing to a language full of representations of national identity as it can be found in the writings of age (chronicles, memoirs, political texts, letters, literature etc.).
We will also analyze the metamorphosis suffered by a few words with great symbolic charge (country, nation, native, community, society, virtue, etc.) in the discourses of the romanian nobility in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: Nobility, Power, National Identity, Discourse, Political Legitimacy, Social Prestige

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 7, pp.125-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 760.363KB).

Dr. Nelu-Cristian Ploscaru

Lecturer, Chief of Department of Modern History, Faculty of History, University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, IASI, Romania

Didactic and research activities and responsabilities at the Faculty of History in the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University from Iasi, from 1999. Courses and seminars in the field of historical studies (license, master, doctoral), specialization modern history. Areas of research interest: Romanian Principalities’s history in the nighteenth century, political problems, the history of modern political groups, the constitution of modern elite, cultural trends, discursive practics and public receptions, History of Modern Europa, political regims, constitutional and electoral systems, the problems of modern elites, doctrines and political parties.

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