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Description - A Generation "Without Beliefs" and the Idea of Experience in Romania (1927-1934) by Philip Vanhaelemeersch

In 1927, the young Romanian student and journalist Mircea Eliade encouraged his fellow young Romanians to look for new "experiences," setting himself as an example through his own adventures in India. Until 1934, when the idea suddenly disappeared, young Romanians were obsessed with the idea of experience. In this fascinating study, Philip Vanhaelemeersch considers the social, cultural, and political history behind this short-lived intellectual fashion. The Romanian idea of experience was a late product of World War I. For Romanians born between 1905 and 1911, experientialism functioned as a way to recapture their missed childhood years during the war and as a substitute for the fact that they unable to play a role in the building of the new, Greater Romania after 1919. In 1925, these children entered Romanian universities, and two years later they launched themselves as the "new generation." However, they were not the first group of Romanians to call themselves this-similar claims had been made a few years before by the students entering Romanian universities immediately after the war.Vanhaelemeersch argues that the best way to approach this history is to abandon all generational terminology. Instead, he looks at the idea of "experience," reconstructing its genesis to understand these individuals' desire to be perceived as a new and distinct "generation."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780880335973
ISBN-10: 0880335971
Format: Hardback
(220mm x 141mm x 23mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: East European Monographs
Publisher: East European Monographs
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Philip Vanhaelemeersch

Philip Vanhaelmeersch is a fellow at Oxford University in England.