The Geopolitics of the European Spirit in Post‐Secular Romania

Daniel Barbu

in European Stories

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199594627
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595738 | DOI:
The Geopolitics of the European Spirit in Post‐Secular Romania

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Daniel Barbu deconstructs the transformations undergone by the language and enactment of consent to European integration by Romanian academia and public intellectuals. Drawing on the works of two iconic figures of Romanian culture, Mircéa Eliade and Constantin Noica, he argues that Europe was, and still is, almost canonically considered in Romania as both a convenience in terms of free trade and freedom of movement, and as an ethical hazard. Barbu shows that Europe is conceived more as a source of regulations (acquis communautaire) than a new type of polity Romanians have to make theirs and eventually help build. Accession to the European Union was mainly described as an historical technique marshalled from above. According to this line of thinking, shared also by the spokesmen of the culturally dominant and (semi)‐established Church, Europe tends to sponsor the emergence of a standardised “recent man”, exactly as the ideology of state socialism used to enforce the model of the “new man”.

Keywords: state socialism; acquis communautaire; Mircéa Eliade; Constantin Noica; new man

Chapter.  7390 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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