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Danish Perceptions of Interwar Romania

Author(s): Oana Lăculiceanu-Popescu

Journal: Revista Româna de Studii Baltice si Nordice
ISSN 2067-1725

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 101;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Danes | Romanians | prejudice | stereotypes | images | backwardness

In the interwar period, Romania and Denmark were two distant countries, which were separated by great cultural, social, political and economic differences and which had just begun to discover each other. Their diplomatic relations were established in 1917, when a Romanian envoy was appointed to Copenhagen whereas the first Danish minister was appointed to Bucharest in 1924. The establishment of the diplomatic offices in the two capitals led to a strengthening of bilateral Danish-Romanian relations. The two people started to know each other`s cultural, social and political patterns. In this article I look at the representations generated by Romanians in the Danish conscience, which I assume is interesting for the study of Romania's bilateral relations with the peoples from this part of Europe. The Danish image of the Romanian space during the first half of the 20th century is characterized by a series of prejudices and stereotypes formed along time because of a scanty knowledge about the realities in this space.
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