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Friday, September 22

Referral: The Nation's Gratitude
World War I and Citizenship Rights in Interwar Romania
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Maria Bucur
Announced by:
Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies on behalf of Carnegie Mellon Department of History

A pioneering work for the history of veterans’ rights in Romania, this study brings into focus the laws and policies the state developed in response to the unprecedented human losses in World War I. It features in lively and accessible language the varied responses of veterans, widows and orphans to those policies. The analysis emphasizes how ordinary citizens became educated about and used state institutions in ways that highlight the class, ethnic, religious and gender norms of the day. The book offers a vivid case study of how disability as a personal reality for many veterans became a point of policy making, a story that has seen little scholarly interest despite the enormous populations affected by these developments.