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Title: The Eugenic Fortress: The Transylvanian Saxon Experiment with 'National Renewal' in Interwar Romania
Author: Georgescu, Tudor Vlad
ISNI:       0000 0001 3494 7604
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 2008
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The oldest of the various German minorities to begin the interwar period as new citizens of a substantially enlarged 'Greater Romania', the Transylvanian Saxons had a firmly entrenched national identity. But the sweeping revisions to Eastern Europe's borders in the First World War's wake marked a crucial turning point in the relationship between ethnic minorities and their host nations. It ushered in a new era characterised by increasingly radical nation-building projects. Historians' interest in the numerous eugenic movements the interwar period produced has tended to focus on empowered nation states, while the study advanced here asks why an ethnic minority would turn to eugenics. It seeks to analyse how racial-hygiene was seen to offer the Transylvanian Saxons a novel framework through which to regenerate and re-homogenise a biologically re-defined nation behind the walls of a 'eugenic fortress'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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