The revolutionary movement of 1821 in Andrei Oţetea’s historiographical conception
Author: Marian HARIUC
Keywords: Andrei Oţetea, revolutionary movement, historiography, Stalinist historians.
The revolutionary movement from 1821-1822 has been a subject of interest for the historians since the beginning of Romanian Modern historiography. During the communist period, Andrei Oţetea was the main historian who devoted his scientific activity to the knowledge of the outstanding event carried out in a wider context of the national movement in Southeast Europe. Stalinist historians have treated Oţetea’s research from an ideological perspective dominated by criticism of no scientific basis. The temporary exclusion in the first half of the 1950s also meant the minimization of the historiographical contributions brought especially by his book published in 1945. The period of ideological detention allowed Andrei Oţetea to resume his concerns, and the most relevant elements in support of the interpretation of Tudor Vladimirescu’s revolt were the access to foreign archives. The missions to Moscova and Budapest empowered the historian to initiate a large-scale research project that evolved in relation to the major achievement of historiography during the communist regime.