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Change and continuity:

the public administration and the civil servants’ corps from Transylvania before and after the First World War (1910-1925)


Research project financed by UEFISCDI Romania

through the research grant PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0390

Contract no. 128/2017



Results and deliverables

(January - December 2019)



The intermediary scientific report (July 2017-September 2019) can be downloaded here.

The final scientific report (July 2017-December 2019) can be downloaded here.



Lukáš Fasora, Ewald Hiebl, Judit Pál, Petr Popelka (Hg.), Elitenforschung in der Geschichtedes 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Erfahrungen und methodisch-theoretische Inspirationen, LIT Verlag, 2019, 200 p. (Mitteleuropäische historische Perspektiven/ Central European Historical Perspectives, Bd. 2), ISBN 978-3-643-50920-8.


Judit Pál (coord.), Andrei-Florin Sora, Vlad Popovici, Florina Sas (editori), Timea Longaver, Csaba Horváth (colaboratori), Cadrul legislativ al administrației din Transilvania 1914-1925, Cluj-Napoca, Mega, 2019, ISBN 978-606-020-128-1 (in print).


Andrei-Florin Sora, Florina Sas (editori), Lungul drum spre primul statut al funcționarilor publici din România: deziderate, (ante)proiecte, legislație, opinii și dezbateri, 1918-1923, Cluj-Napoca, Mega, 2019, ISBN 978-606-020-127-4 (in print).


Judit Pál, Andrei-Florin Sora, Vlad Popovici (editori), Servitorii statului și societatea românească, a collection of 25 papers written by Romanian scholars with interest in the history of the civil service, to be published during 2020.



Papers in journals

Judit Pál, The System of Government Commissioners during the First World War and the Organization of the Government High Commissioners Office in Transylvania, in „Studia Universitatis „Babeș-Bolyai”, Series Historica,” 2018, nr. 2, p. 62-98.


Andrei Florin Sora, Primii funcționari din Vechiul Regat în Basarabia (27 martie – 27 noiembrie 1918), in „Anuarul Institutului de Istorie 'A.D. Xenopol'”, an LV, 2018, p. 267-286.


Andrei Florin Sora, Funcţionarii publici „regăţeni” în noile provincii ale României Mari, 1918-1925, in „Studii şi Articole de Istorie”, nr. LXXXVI (2019), p. 78-92.


Andrei Florin Sora, Prefecții generalului Averescu în Ardeal (1920-1921, 1926-1927), in "Studia Universitatis Cibiniensis. Series Historica", XVII, 2020, ISSN: 1584-3165 (accepted for publishing)


Vlad Popovici, Funcționarii din administrație și justiție delegați la Marea Adunare Națională de la Alba Iulia (1 decembrie 1918), in „Revista de Istorie a Moldovei”, 2018, 4 (116), p. 73-86.



Book chapters

Judit Pál, Research on High Hungarian Officials in the Dual Monarchy: the Case of Transylvanian Lord-Lieutenants. In: Franz Adlgasser – Fredrik Lindström (eds.): The Habsburg Civil Service and Beyond: Bureaucracy and Civil Servants from the Vormärz to the Inter-War Years. Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2019, p. 149−166. (Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Klasse im Verlag der ÖAW, Band 892, ISBN 978-3-7001-8137-8.


Judit Pál, Vlad Popovici, The Transformation of the Mid-level Civil Servants’ Corps in Transylvania in the Aftermath of the First World War: The High Sheriffs between 1918 and 1925, in vol. The Great Transformation. Administrative Personnel in the Successor States of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1918−1920, Böhlau Verlag, Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, 2020 (in print)


Andrei Florin Sora, “What country doesn’t have its traitors?”: Debating the concepts of “traitor” and “collaboration” in Romanian society, 1916-1922, in Bogdan Murgescu, Ioana Pintilie (coord.), World War I and Beyond: Human Tragedies, Social Challenges, Scientific and Cultural Responses, Universitätsverlag WINTER (Heidelberg), 2020 (in print)


Vlad Popovici, Cojocna, in Bogdan Murgescu, Andrei Florin Sora (coord.), România Mare votează: alegerile parlamentare din 1919 „la firul ierbii”, Iași, Polirom, 2019, p. 175-186.


Andrei Florin Sora, Cadrul legislativ, în Bogdan Murgescu, Andrei Florin Sora (coord.), România Mare votează: alegerile parlamentare din 1919 "la firul ierbii", Iasi, Editura Polirom, colec?ia Historia, 2019, ISBN 978 973 46 7993 5, p. 36-59.


Vlad Popovici, Does history remember civil servants? A case study on the regime change of 1918-1920 in Transylvania, in vol. Cosmin-Ștefan Dogaru, Cătălin Rogojanu (editori), Elites, networks of power and citizens (19th?21st century), Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2020, ISBN  978-606-37-0662-2, p. 121-140.



Conveners and discussants at scientific events

18-21 March 2020, Leiden, De/professionalization of Political and Administrative Elites: Historical Turning Points in the 19th and 20th Centuries, panel (5 papers) at European Social Science History Conference 2020, University of Leiden [convenors: J. Pál, V. Popovici].



Scientific events attended

Judit Pál, Stadtentwicklung und Infrastruktur in den siebenbürgischen Städten im Zeitalter des Dualismus − „Symbols of Modernity. International workshop”, University of Rzeszow, 15-16 May 2019.


Vlad Popovici, Competing clichés: the attitude towards work as indicative of modernisation for rural Romania in the long nineteenth century, Symbols of Modernity, International Workshop, 15-16 May 2019, University of Rzeszow.


Vlad Popovici, Elita administrativă și jocurile memoriei istorice. Studiu de caz: Consiliul Dirigent și corpul prefecților din Transilvania anilor 1919-1920, International Conference „România după Marea Unire”, Academia Română. Institutul de Istorie „George Bariț” din Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, 22-23 May 2019.


Judit Pál, The end of the First World War and the change of the administrative elite in Transylvania − Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences − hosted by University of British Columbia, Vancouver (panel: Hungarian Studies Association of Canada) – 1−3 June 2019.


Judit Pál, The Final Days of the Representative Body: the Cessation of the Transylvanian Diet at the Middle of the 19th Century − 71st Conference of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions – ICHRPI − Parliament of the Principality of Andorra − Andorra – 16−18 July 2019.


Judit Pál, Vlad Popovici, Societal cooperation as a prerequisite for railway building in Transylvania before 1918, The Railway Journey from the 19th to the 21st Centuries, Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, 12-14 September 2019.


Judit Pál, Öffentliche Verwaltung und die Integration Siebenbürgens in Rumänien nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg − „The Frustrated Peace? The Versailles Treaty and its Political, Social and Economic Impact on Europe” – Czech Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic − Praga – 26−27 September 2019.


Gál Edina, Orphans within changing frontiers: the State Children's Homes in multi-ethnic Transylvania after the Great War, Conference: "The War that Never Ended: Postwar Continuity and New Challenges in the Aftermath of the Habsburg and Ottoman Empires, 1918-1923",  Poland, Kraków, Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, 24-26 October 2019.


Other results:

- Multilingual table of administrative ranks and offices in Transylvania (HU-RO-EN-DE) here.

- A catalogue of the county civil servants in Transylvania between 1910 and 1925 is available on Historical Data Grinder, here.

- A catalogue of normative acts regarding public administration and civil service in Transylvania between 1910-1925, available online (with Internet links) can be accessed here.










































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