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Jews, Strangers and Foreigners

  • Irina Marin
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Abstract

‘Jews, Strangers and Foreigners’ explores the second set of rumour mills, those that shaped the responses of the Romanian authorities to the crisis and as such it is an exploration of Romanian officials’ obsession with foreigners. Representatives of both the Conservative and Liberal governments, instead of confronting the actual economic, social and cultural causes of the uprising, preferred to ‘export’ the blame and pin it onto the handy construct of ‘the foreigner’. The chapter offers an analysis of the scapegoated Jewish community, of official fears regarding potential Russian and Bulgarian threats as well as the peasants’ animosity against ‘foreigners’. The misguided official responses to the agrarian crisis were instrumental in allowing the peasants’ simmering discontent to get out of hand.

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  • Irina Marin
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  1. 1.Augsburg UniversityAugsburgGermany

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