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A Transylvanian Interlude

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On 11 June 1848 Dumitru Brătianu had received his accreditation as diplomatic agent in troubled Austria-Hungary, as the first diplomatic representative of modern Romania. Until then, Romanian interests abroad had been represented by officials of the Ottoman suzerain power. On the occasion of a first in a series of national meetings in the Transylvanian town Blaj, on April 30, five to six thousand Romanian peasants urged by some of their intellectual leaders, initially declared themselves ready to fight for their rights by constitutional, non-violent means. Both conservatives and liberals in the Magyar dominated Transylvanian government united and persisted in their refusal to recognize the Romanians as a separate nation, and perceived the links between the Transylvanian and Wallachian intellectuals as an encouragement to separatism and to a 'Greater Romania project'.

Keywords: Dumitru Brătianu; Romanians; Transylvanian government



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