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A historical perspective on the link between Romania and Europe, through the dynamics of spiritual values


  • Coculiana ACĂR

    (PhD Student at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania, Faculty of Social Political Science – Philosophy)


An important lever in establishing and maintaining relationships between Romania and Europe is the presence of spiritual values. The proposed theme identifies and analyses spiritual values in a European context on three temporal coordinates: the 16th - 19th centuries, the interwar period and postmodern period. This topic addresses the cultural specificity of Romania in relation to Europe. Spiritual values shape national identity that has a special role to play in defining a people's culture. The important moments in the synchronization of the Romanian culture with the European one were marked by the Romanian humanists who played a special role in the formation of the historical consciousness that contributed to the evolution of the Romanian people. Subsequently, representatives of modernism promoted Western civilization among the Romanians, favoring the opening, but within certain limits, to the Western culture, in the sense that they preserved the values specific to our people.

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  • Coculiana ACĂR, 2018. "A historical perspective on the link between Romania and Europe, through the dynamics of spiritual values," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 10(3), pages 396-405, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2018:v:10:i:3:p:396-405

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