The Myth of the Good Emperor under Joseph II in the collective sensibility of the Romanians in Transylvania

  • TITLU în română: Mitul Bunului Împărat sub Iosif al II-lea în sensibilitatea colectivă a românilor din Transilvania
  • Subiect: In these lines, the author tries to reconstruct the mechanism that stands at the basis of the myth. The myth of the "good emperor" is born out of a background, pre-existent at the level of a conscience belonging to the Romanian traditional society and attached to a specific manner of perception and valorisation of power. It is considered to be a supreme instance and the master (the emperor) represents the mandatory of God's power on earth. Over this sensibility the official propaganda of the Viennese Court overlaps; it wants the same thing: to get the subjects' obedience and trust in order to maintain peace and tranquillity in the empire. Some subtle methods make possible the configuration of feelings at the level of the mentality of some other peoples. By being cultivated they will finally turn into a dynastic patriotism. There were several methods that contributed to the cultivation of the dynastic patriotism in the Romanian conscience: through school, church, army, administration and through the attempt to settle the reports between the serfs and the nobles. As a result the enlightened politics of the empress Maria Teresa and of her son, Joseph II overlaps the pre-existent Romanian background which is also faithful to the trust in the kindness of the monarchy.
  • Limba de redactare: engleză
  • Secţiunea: Istorie
  • Vezi publicația: Revista Bistriţei
  • Editura: Accent
  • Loc publicare: Cluj-Napoca
  • Anul publicaţiei: 2004
  • Referinţă bibliografică pentru nr. revistă: XVIII; anul 2004
  • Paginaţia: 233-242
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