United Romania – THE BOOK. By Professor Charles Upson Clark

Charles Upson Clark (1875-1960) was a professor at Columbia University and the author of many books on a variety of subjects. Clark also maintained a great interest in Romania and its people. This interest led him to published several works on this subject. Charles Upson Clark loved Romania and the Romanians. See why, here:


The warm reception accorded “Greater Roumania” (1922) soon carried it out of print, and the publishers desired a new edition; but my observation of the country’s progress convinced me that the book must be rewritten, not merely revised. In 1923, 1925 and 1927 I visited Roumania on lecture trips, the last covering the entire country from Temeshvar to Kishineff; each time I made a thorough investigation of the charges of minority oppression, and I gathered quantities of material, some of it utilized in my “Bessarabia” (Dodd, Mead and Co., 1927). In 1930, I had the good fortune to be in Roumania upon King Carol’s accession, and felt that the time was ripe for a new book upon the country. I call it “United Roumania” because in 1922, Bessarabia and the Banat, the Bucovina and the Dobrudja, were still strangers to each other; now, after ten years of business, political and intellectual association, there is genuine union.

In rewriting the book, I have omitted much that I hate to leave out, like the story of our American Red Cross, Food Commission, and Y. M. C. A. contributions to Roumanian upbuilding; interviews with King Ferdinand and Queen Marie, and sketches of Bratiano, Take Jonesco, Marghiloman and other distinguished Roumanians. I have condensed or rewritten much of the remainder. Having had unusual opportunities for learning the truth in highly controversial matters, I have preserved most of the material on Roumania’s part in the War (still so widely misrepresented), and especially the Buda-Pesth episode and the treatment of Roumania at the Peace Conference; 1 have taken great pains to bring statistical material up to date. I have added a chapter on the Minorities, for which at any rate I have had one advantage; so far as I know — it sounds incredible
— no other foreign investigator of this subject was able to speak the language! The new chapter on Roumanian Politics since the War is based on a wide and sympathetic acquaintance with the men prominent in public life; the one on recent literature has a like basis. Thousands of miles of travel in the country, and countless conversations with business men, bankers, etc., underlie the new chapter on Reconstruction, and the revision of every part of the work. The Bibliography represents far more work than is obvious; I am especially grateful here to Prof. A. Marcu of Bucharest and to the Yale University Library. There are many new illustrations.

I contemplated additional chapters on the people, their home and city life, their customs and ways; but as these would make the book unwieldy, I have decided to issue them in separate form, as “Town and Village in Roumania.”

Again I thank my scores of Roumanian friends, and especially Messrs. Gr. Antipa, I. Bianu, Antoine Bibesco, George Cantacuzino, N. Ciotori, E. Filotti, N. H. E. Lahovari, A. Marcu, Ion Pillat, Alex. Rosetti, Vasile Stoica, and N. Titulesco, for constant help and encouragement.

Charles Upson Clark

Seville, July 23, 1931

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