Celebrated British historiographer of Romania receives Romanian citizenship
Acclaimed historiographer of twentieth-century Romania, Dennis Deletant, recently received Romanian citizenship in recognition of his work. Born in Norfolk in 1946, Deletant studied the Romanian language and had his first direct contact with Romania at the age of 20, when he attended the Sinaia summer school organized by the University of Bucharest. In 1969, he received a scholarship from the British Council to study in Romania.
However, Deletant was not going to be kept away from Romania for long. Dennis Deletant is currently the Ion Ratiu Visiting Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC. His academic career and major works focus on twentieth-century Romanian history and politics, 1940s labor camps in Transnistria, the “Bessarabia question,” the Soviet influence on Romanian communism, language policy in Soviet Moldova, as well as the place of Romania in Eastern Europe today.
Doctor Honoris Cause for numerous Romanian universities, Deletant declared that, absorbed by his research, he never found the time to begin citizenship application proceedings. His latest book, In Search of Romania, came out last month and tackles Romania under the communist dictatorship.
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