A Providential Anti-Semitism: Nationalism and Polity in by William O. Oldson

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ZJJ. '71 fiJ, 1)(, )82. :• Aus dtm Uben KlJnig Karl$, th . T11e Co11gress of Berlin 43 and/or overkill. Their consistent posture centered on the contention that there had never existed anything resembling religious bigotry in the Danubian Principalities. Rather, from their perspective, the ominously operative portion of Article XUV came in the specification that everyone in Romania might now enjoy civil and political rights. Several intriguing insights emerge from an analysis of the background and editing of Article XUV.

D1ng up to World War I. They certainly expli· cate the depth of Moldavian anti-Jewish sentiment a_nd the disproportionate repre-sentation of inhabitants ol that provinc:e among the anti·Semitic intelligentsia. 7 pem>nt respecti\'ely (pp. ,, }l, &: 38). More startling still from the Romanian perspective were the percentages (or the population of la$i. 2 percent by 1899 (pp. w). Interestingly also, ~mx like his anti-Semitic predecessors at the time of inde-pendence continued to maintain that this Jewish population consisted ah:nost entirely oi immigrants from Russia.

Js What the Romanians were probably not as well steeled for was the imbroglio over anti-jewish disabilities, although the Italians had also alerted them to humanitarian sensitivities in this regard on the part of the major European states. Despite Romanian protestations that their restrictive legislation reflected only social and economic attitudes, for over a decade prior to the Congress of Berlin Europe had been willing to place scant credence in Romania's arguments. n subsequent years. For it placed Romania outside the community of civilized nations.

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