În umbra Europei: două războaie reci şi trei decenii de călătorie prin România şi dincolo de ea

Robert D. Kaplan Constantin Ardeleanu Oana Celia Gheorghiu

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În umbra Europei: două războaie reci şi trei decenii de călătorie prin România şi dincolo de ea

În umbra Europei: două războaie reci şi trei decenii de călătorie prin România şi dincolo de ea By Robert D. Kaplan Constantin Ardeleanu Oana Celia Gheorghiu n umbra Europei dou r zboaie reci i trei decenii de c l torie prin Rom nia i dincolo de ea Robert D Kaplan a venit prima oar n Rom nia n anii n plin R zboi Rece pe c nd era un t n r jurnalist cu spirit de aventur iar ara era un col ntunecat al Europei comuniste ignorat de presa occi

  • Title: În umbra Europei: două războaie reci şi trei decenii de călătorie prin România şi dincolo de ea
  • Author: Robert D. Kaplan Constantin Ardeleanu Oana Celia Gheorghiu
  • ISBN: 9789735051488
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • În umbra Europei: două războaie reci şi trei decenii de călătorie prin România şi dincolo de ea By Robert D. Kaplan Constantin Ardeleanu Oana Celia Gheorghiu Robert D Kaplan a venit prima oar n Rom nia n anii 70, n plin R zboi Rece, pe c nd era un t n r jurnalist cu spirit de aventur , iar ara era un col ntunecat al Europei comuniste, ignorat de presa occidental Vizitele care au urmat, n anii 80, n anii 90 i, mai recent, n 2013 i 2014, au fost marcate de dialoguri revelatoare cu personalit i precum Neagu DjuvRobert D Kaplan a venit prima oar n Rom nia n anii 70, n plin R zboi Rece, pe c nd era un t n r jurnalist cu spirit de aventur , iar ara era un col ntunecat al Europei comuniste, ignorat de presa occidental Vizitele care au urmat, n anii 80, n anii 90 i, mai recent, n 2013 i 2014, au fost marcate de dialoguri revelatoare cu personalit i precum Neagu Djuvara ori Horia Roman Patapievici i de lectura unor c r i fundamentale din i despre cultura rom n , prin intermediul c rora i a cunoscut pe Mircea Eliade, Emil Cioran sau Mircea C rt rescu Aceste nt lniri sunt completate, n es tura complex a c r ii, de analiza fin a vie ii de zi cu zi, surprins n scene cu aer cinematografic, pe al c ror fundal se proiecteaz fie sordide ora e de provincie uitate de vreme, fie splendorile arhitectonice din Bra ov, Ia i sau Bucure ti n umbra Europei este deopotriv memorial de c l torie, eseu jurnalistic i analiz istoric opera unui scriitor care, vreme de treizeci de ani, a c utat s n eleag destinul unei ri i s i mplineasc propria voca ie Pornind de la istoria Rom niei, dar i de la atenta analiz a unor ri vecine, precum Republica Moldova, Bulgaria i Ungaria, Robert D Kaplan abordeaz subiecte mai largi, precum jocurile marilor puteri, R zboiul Rece sau Holocaustul Rezultatul este povestea unei frontiere geografice i ideologice a continentului nostru punct de nt lnire ntre marile imperii i o carte esen ial pentru n elegerea crizei prin care trec ast zi Rusia i Europa.
    În umbra Europei: două războaie reci şi trei decenii de călătorie prin România şi dincolo de ea By Robert D. Kaplan Constantin Ardeleanu Oana Celia Gheorghiu

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    1. Michael on said:

      This is a highly readable and thoughtful tour of Romanian history, culture, and current situation by a respected journalist who became enthralled with its people and history as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe and the Mideast over the decades since the 70s I hate how ignorant I am of history and geography so I often keep my eyes out for books that can help elucidate the character of people and counties over time recent examples include works on Greenland and Paraguay My interest in Roma [...]

    2. Emma on said:

      4.5 starsI read Kaplan s Balkan Ghosts A Journey Through History when I was at University studying Eastern European history, and immediately appreciated his vivid style He provides a totally immersive experience for the reader, no detail is considered irrelevant Kaplan knows the names of the streets he s walking down, the plaza s he sips coffee in, every river he crosses , and his gaze flits from one subject to another with equal attention It was clear that he had a passionate interest in the ar [...]

    3. Sherwood Smith on said:

      Copy provided by NetGalley.One of the most interesting developments in journalism, or so it appears to me as a reader, is the reintroduction of I Travel memoirs of old were presented up front as such, the better ones full of historical context and observation, with reference to how the ordinary person of a given area sees their world.At least when I was young, there was this emphasis on being objective I don t believe anyone is truly objective There are degrees of obviousness in the writer s per [...]

    4. Bill on said:

      I have to say that I knew absolutely nothing about Romania before reading this book That has now been rectified to some extent.This book is sort of a combination of history combined with a travel memoir The author sort of skims over the early history of the country, and that is probably the most boring part of the book, as it consists mainly of listing dates and events By far the greater part of the book is focused on the years since World War II The author visited the country numerous times but [...]

    5. AnaVlădescu on said:

      As a certified born and bred Romanian, I was very pleased with this work To me, it seems like Kaplan knows his stuff when it comes to my country This work also sparked my desire to travel to some places that I haven t seen in years, because Kaplan s descriptions of the rural areas are beautiful.

    6. Liviu on said:

      Partly travel memoir while the book is mainly based on the author s visits to Romania in 2013 4, his earlier visits in the 1980 s and 1990 are integrated well in the narrative , partly history, partly meditation on the role and responsibilities of the outside observer, partly a look at how one s views change as he ages the young and unknown journalist to be Robert Kaplan of 1981, just released from a stint in the IDF, using Israel s ties to Romania unique at the time with a Warsaw Pact country b [...]

    7. Fiona on said:

      3.5 stars In Europe s Shadow covers much of the ground of Balkan Ghosts in which Kaplan returned to Romania in 1989 90 to witness the changes there and in neighbouring countries since his first visit in the early 1970s He returns again in 2013 14 for the same reason Although there is a lot of new material, there is a lot of old material too as he again explains the complex history of the region Time is a moving sea of fog, rent with holes that reveal intense, sacred moments of memory, even as al [...]

    8. Margaret Sankey on said:

      In 1981, Kaplan was fresh out of the IDF and looking to cultivate a career in journalism He headed for Bucharest, to observe the effect of Ceausescu s policies on Romania, seeing the crushing blows of repression, persecution and crony government In 2013, he returned, and this book is a parallel narrative of the 1980s Cold War, and the current escalation of tensions with Russia with a slowing recovering Romania as a vital but overlooked frontline in this conflict Notable for Kaplan s explanations [...]

    9. Razvan Zamfirescu on said:

      Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuEste o adev rat pl cere s c l tore ti n timp al turi de Kaplan Al turi de el am reu it, cumva, s mi dau seama de c t de mult a evoluat aceast ar Ca i locuitor al Rom niei recunosc c am observat destul de greu schimb rile majore prin care am trecut n ultimii dou zeci i cinci de ani, ns cu ajutorul lui Kaplan am reu it s mi dau seama c Rom nia s a schimbat i s a schimbat n bine Poate mai greu dec t alte ri, poate c nc nu am reu it s ne dezb [...]

    10. Scott Whitmore on said:

      Robert D Kaplan is one of my favorite authors and I ve read all his books and many of his magazine articles I especially enjoy the way he examines a region or locale by blending history, current events, politics, and interviews with residents ranging from government officials to clergymen all the while in the guise of a curious traveler In Europe s Shadow Two Cold Wars and a Thirty Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond marks Kaplan s return to Europe after an extended run of primarily focusing [...]

    11. Stijn on said:

      Kaplan slaagt er meesterlijk in om de gelaagdheid van een land als Roemeni om te zetten in een uiterst leesbaar werk Voor het lezen van dit boek was mijn kennis over het land beperkt tot Nicolae Ceau escu en Vlad Dracula, de 15de eeuwse heerser die de basis vormde voor het meesterwerk van de hand van Bram Stoker De auteur schildert een soms fraai, vaak beklijvend maar steeds respectvol portret van een land dat we als gemiddelde Europeaan haast niet kennen, maar dat duidelijk toch een belangrijke [...]

    12. niste eroi fara societate on said:

      Cartea lui Kaplan este un fel de Who s Who geopolitic,ideologic adus la zi dupa vizita lui din anii 90 ,reia pasaje si personaje din La rasarit, spre Tartaria Calatorii in Balcani, Orientul Mijlociu si Caucaz Polirom, Iasi,2002 dar asta pentru a intelege parcursul dureros de greu al Romaniei spre Europa.Pentru cine nu a citit vreodata articolele lui Brucan de analiza din Libertatea 1991 1993 consideratia fata de acesta a lui Kaplan va contraria pe multi de aceea am ales sa incep cu urmatoarele c [...]

    13. Simona GB on said:

      Robert D Kaplan does a great favor to the Romanians with this work, by vocalizing a rarely mentioned cause within the current political crisis in Eastern Europe The danger posed by Putin s foreign policy to the Ex Satelite Soviet Countries has been heavily underrated The topic is missing proper emphasis within the public debate We cannot have enough of these popularizing works and Kaplan s is additionally well written and entertaining The author is obviously in love with this region of the world [...]

    14. Chandy John on said:

      This was one helluva big disappointment I d been wanting to read this book from when it was available only as a very expensive hardcover I waited and ended up very disappointed The book is very boring travel book than a lesson in geopolitics history Whatever history there is is either terribly boring or rarely interesting Or maybe its just Romania and the dreary Balkans I didn t like his earlier book Balkan Ghosts either.

    15. Alexander Lobov on said:

      Kaplan is pretty good at weaving a well written and historically informed travelogue, sort of like a latter day Patrick Leigh Fermor If he stuck to that, things would be fine But it seems the supposed influence he has enjoyed in policy circles during the 90s and 00s has gone to his head So this book has plenty of maddening high level thinking about geographical determinism and simple great power politics I d sum it up as Romania is fucked because it s always been fucked but look at these plucky [...]

    16. Liz Wager on said:

      Interesting if rather rambling account of visits to Romania Part travel book, part journalism and political analysis An excellent read for our trip to Romania but I m not sure I d have enjoyed it otherwise Kaplan occasionally lapses into rather purple prose when he tries to be a travel writer and I felt patches would have been improved by some trimming and editing but his political writing is interesting and it s worth reading for anybody interested in Romania.

    17. Karen on said:

      Robert Kaplan is a journalist that fell in love with Romania, and took many trips over the years to Romania and Eastern Europe This book is the result of his latest trip to the region and he compares what he saw in 1981, to the Romania of today To be honest, I wanted to love this book, but I found the book confusing, it was as if he expected us to know the region and its politicians and at times I was not quite sure where he was or what time period I did enjoy the quotes from Historians, travel [...]

    18. Jennifer on said:

      Received through FirstReadsI m a big fan of Russian history, but have never really read anything about Romania I found this to be very engaging I loved the way the author switched back and forth between his own experiences and interesting bits of Romanian history There was a lot packed in to this relatively small book, the author didn t pad it with needless, boring pages just so he could say his book was 700 pages I suspect this is the case with many books I read After finishing this, I want to [...]

    19. J on said:

      When Robert Kaplan points with his index finger on a map, we better pay attention and start to understand what is likely to happen tomorrow, what will be news in the mainstream media Throughout his work he has been able to sit in the front seat of history, indicating the directions He is currently looking at Europe

    20. Ashley Bergman Carlin on said:

      Kaplan is a marvelous writer This book gets dense and esoteric at times but it s his prose and insights that kept me going I m giving it four stars mostly for the writing, though my enjoyment of it might have been a 2 or 3.

    21. Love on said:

      Kaplan is back Over 20 years after his classic Balkan Ghosts, my all time favorite book, Kaplan is yet again writing about the balkans This time his focus is on Romania and to some degree Moldova Recommend for anyone with an interest in European history, geopolitics or south eastern europe.

    22. Laura on said:

      Parts of this book were quite interesting and I think Kaplan is a solid writer, but the book felt a bit disorganized to me It would ve been interesting if it had flowed better.Received from NetGalley.

    23. Joyce on said:

      Very well written and skillful in making history relevant to today and our contemporary issues I will be looking for from this author.

    24. Jacob on said:

      I received a free copy of this book through Giveaways.Journalist Robert Kaplan s provides a personal, reflective travelogue superimposed over a historical and political country study of Romania Kaplan visited Romania, first in the 1970s following a stint in the Israeli military and that visit would guide his career as he shifted to focus on journalism, with Romania, then a Communist backwater of Europe as his focus The chapters of this book cover from the foundations of the Romania people, strug [...]

    25. Lance Lasalle on said:

      Travelling journalist Robert Kaplan, one of my heroes and one of the many inspirations for my relocation to what I then mistakenly thought of as Eastern Europe fourteen years ago, revisits Romania, a country he visited in his youth in 1973, at the dawn of his political career in 1981, and right after the fall of Ceausescu in December 1989 On the way he revisits places, reflects on the many changes in Romanian society during his lifetime and traces the historical elements that lead to certain min [...]

    26. Steve Greenleaf on said:

      When my wife accepted a position to teach in Bucharest, Romania, I went online to look for books on Romania, and at the top of the list I found Robert D Kaplan s In Europe s Shadow Two Cold Wars and a Thirty Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond 2016 I hadn t known about it, but I certainly knew of Kaplan I d read his The Coming Anarchy 2000 and Warrior Politics 2001 and thought very highly of them both I d also read parts of The Ends of the Earth 2001 and Monsoon 2010 What a wonderful discove [...]

    27. Scott Martin on said:

      Audiobook It s been awhile since I read a Kaplan work, but usually, he produces good work, and this is no exception Given that I have family from Romania, his focus on that particular part of the world really piqued my interest Romania is a unique country, given its geographic position in Eastern Europe, putting in the Slavic and Ottoman spheres, but its language and people trace their ancestry back to the Roman Empire Kaplan combines human interest, travel guide, history and geopolitics into th [...]

    28. Tom Romig on said:

      In her review of In Europe s Shadow New York Times, Sunday Book Review, February 3, 2016 , Alison Smale points out Any reader going along for his 30 year ride should know that it is difficult to explore Romania in the linear, logical narrative familiar to the West Smaller countries of marginal importance to powerful nations and empires must often scramble to formulate policies bent on survival, no matter how inconsistent such policies might appear Consider the plight of Romania in the late 1930s [...]

    29. Joey Domhof on said:

      The title of the book delivers what it promises This book describes the personal journey of the writer and the journey as a country being Romania throughout the 20th century, with a strong focus on the periods around the world wars and then Romania s communist and post communist era.As much as I am interested in and fascinated by Romanian history, and as much as I wanted to like this book, I simply couldn t enjoy it that much It took me months to get through it The writer drifts away too often a [...]

    30. Wijnand Marchal on said:

      In a rather tiring way, Kaplan describes his passion for Romania He starts this book preaching to journalists how they should work, to historians how they should write, and with too much self adoration looking back on his career Kaplan discusses a mosaic of historiographic study material mostly a number of old and somewhat obscure books from his extensive library Every other page he laments on some quote, landscape or historic detail that reminds him of something he once read This book has to be [...]

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